As we wrap up our #RunningForACause initiative, not to get all emotional, but I’m filled with a lot of self-reflection. This December, we’ve managed to surpass our goal, hitting 58.4 miles and turning that into a $188 donation to the Indianapolis Colts’ Kicking the Stigma Foundation. Initially, one might view $188 as just a drop in the stratosphere. Questions arise: will it make a difference or even get noticed?
It’s crucial to realize that the value of this donation transcends monetary worth. It’s a symbol of our/my commitment to mental health awareness and the stand against the stigma surrounding it. Every dollar signifies the collective effort to keep this conversation alive, especially around topics like anxiety and depression that too often remain in the dark.
The involvement of figures like the Colts’ owners and players in mental health advocacy brings an influential voice to this cause. Their openness and support provide a significant boost, breaking down barriers and making mental health discussions more commonplace. It’s incredibly impactful to see these players, who are admired for what they do on the field, showing genuine concern for mental wellness. Their actions resonate, encouraging people, not just the fans, to view mental health struggles as universal and nothing ever to be ashamed of.
Imagine if this #WellnessWednesday leads even one person to explore the resources provided by Kicking the Stigma (https://www.colts.com/community/kicking-the-stigma/resources). Maybe they watch a video or read an article that ignites change in their perspective, offers solace, or encourages them to seek help. That potential makes each mile or KM run and every dollar donated incredibly meaningful.
As we close this chapter of #RunningForACause, it’s important to remember that our journey toward understanding, supporting, and improving mental health is continuous. Our small act of donating is more than just a financial contribution; it’s a part of a much larger narrative. A narrative that we hope will continue to grow, powered by our efforts and the influential voices.