Counseling Center sponsors 5K race for suicide prevention awareness

Garrett Hutchinson

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Alexander Blake, Accounting, Junior, pulls ahead of the start of the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough

Alexandra Blake, accounting junior, pulls ahead of the start of the Counseling Center’s 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough

To raise awareness of suicide prevention, 47 people ran at least part of a 5K race at Sikes Lake Sept. 13.

“I had friends that committed suicide before, so I did it for them,” said Mackenzie Trammell, business management freshman, who tied for first place in the race.

In previous years, the Counseling Center has used other events to try to raise awareness during suicide awareness week, such as Question, Persuade, and Refer training and depression screenings. This year, staff members said they wanted to try a new approach to promote students being active.

“We want to raise awareness and promote physical activity for mental health,” Lori Arnold, licensed professional counselor, said. “Exercise helps combat stress.”

Not only did the race combat stress, Alexandra Blake, accounting junior, said she ran the 3.3 miles before her flag football game.

“I just love to run,” said Blake.

Blake was not the only one to participate in the race solely for the love of running.

“I tore my ACL and I missed running. I love to race,” Rebekah Barrett, respiratory care freshman, said.

Staff members stressed the importance of exercise and how it links to depression.

“Exercise is a great way to battle anxiety and depression,” Reagan Foster, counselor, said.

Barrett and Trammell tied for first place in the 5k race finishing in 33 minutes with Blake finishing second.

Jacob Warren, economics junior, said, “I wanted to support an MSU event.”

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Alexandra Blake, accounting junior, pulls ahead of the start of the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Alexandra Blake, accounting junior, pulls ahead of the start of the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Jacob Warren, economics junior, runs during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. He finished as the first male runner. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Jacob Warren, economics junior, runs during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. He finished as the first male runner. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Bridget Reilly, criminal justice and sociology sophmore, Kylee Gorney, nursing sophomore, Natalie McLaurin, exercise physiology sophomore, Jasmine Stokes, general studies senior, and Brandi Hobson, kinesisology senior, run during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Bridget Reilly, criminal justice and sociology sophmore, Kylee Gorney, nursing sophomore, Natalie McLaurin, exercise physiology sophomore, Jasmine Stokes, general studies senior, and Brandi Hobson, kinesisology senior, run during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Mallory Evangelista, english junior, runs during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Mallory Evangelista, english junior, runs during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
At the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
At the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Mackenzie Trammell, business management freshmen, and Rebekah Barrett, Respiratory Care, Freshman run during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. They both share first place. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Mackenzie Trammell, business management freshmen, and Rebekah Barrett, Respiratory Care, Freshman run during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. They both share first place. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Alexandra Blake, accounting junior, runs during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. She finishes second. Photo by Herbert McCullough
Alexandra Blake, accounting junior, runs during the Counseling Center's 5K Run for Suicide Prevention Awareness at Sikes Lake, Sept. 13. She finishes second. Photo by Herbert McCullough

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