On October 1st, Mount St. Joseph University, represented by the student club Veterans in Communities (VIC), participated in the annual Warrior Run, a 5K run dedicated to promoting education that raises awareness and reduces stigma for mental illness and suicide prevention. Thanks to the efforts of VIC, this is the second year in a row that the Mount has won the Run’s 2016 College Challenge.
Veterans in Communities raised $1,452, recruited 41 race participants, and completed 110 volunteer hours that enabled them to win first place in the challenge. The Mount competed against other area universities—Xavier, University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and Cincinnati State—and while a friendly challenge prompts competition among the universities, the College Challenge also helps raise awareness and funds for mental health education and suicide prevention efforts on campuses.
For their outstanding efforts in the College Challenge, VIC’s student organizers and participants will receive a trophy and a Skyline Chili party, and 100% of the funds raised will be used for mental health programming on the Mount’s campus. Furthermore, a Mount student will receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship.
Presentation of the award Nancy Eigel-Miller, founder of the Warrior Run, to MSJ College Challenge organizers and participants and details of the application process and criteria for the scholarship will be made available in the near future.
Again, the Wellness Center would like to extend a huge “Thank You” to Veterans in Communities for their hard work and dedication in promoting education to raise awareness and reduce stigma for mental illness and suicide prevention on our campus.