We Are In This TogetherMental Health Month Recap!
Mental Health Awareness Month 2016 is a wrap! This May 2016 was a month of firsts. The inaugural Humboldt Mile, race and fun run. Plus our inaugural spring Mental Health Fair, and we continued our programming expansion with Yoga For Hope. Warped is just around the corner but take a quick look at this jam packed month!
The inaugural Humboldt Mile was a smashing success, featuring more than 600 race registrations with 502 runners officially chip-timed. Thank you to all the runners, joggers, walkers, strollers and pets who joined us for a gorgeous day in Chicago’s Humboldt Park! Events like these are the reason HFTD has been able to spread the conversation across North America, Europe, and Australia.
Yoga For HopeWe are so proud of everyone who participated in our #YogaForHope challenge, in honor of Mental Heath Awareness Month. Physical wellness and mental health are often intertwined, so stay tuned for more content on Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds...
Mental Health Fair
Thank you to everyone who participated in Hope For The Day's second Chicago Mental Health and Wellness Fair on May 12th! It was great to see people take advantage of the Fair's resources, which included free mental health screenings, resources for a variety of persons including veterans, unemployed, elderly and disabled. HFTD also registered individuals for upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid sessions. HFTD has 5 certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors! We are so grateful for the many people and organizations who helped make the event an engaging success!
We See You Fam!
Shout out to everyone who got our limited edition t-shirts, which we offered in collaboration with Being As An Ocean, Garrett Rapp of The Color Morale, and Neck Deep in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Y'all look great!
Warped Tour is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited to see you guys there! Hope For The Day will be spending the summer providing outreach to the more than 500,000 individuals who come out each summer. At our tent, we provide information, resources, and foster conversations. Every day we'll be speaking on a number of stages where bands have invited us to share their platform and let their audiences know It's Ok Not To Be Ok. We hope to see you there!
Acacia Evans has been collaborating with HFTD over the years and this summer she joins the road team as our tent manager. She was inspired to share her story as a fundraiser for tour costs, while also reaching out to others who may be going through a similar situation. Give her story a read, give if you can. Say hi to her when you stop at our tent!
We're thrilled to participate in this project created by Jessica Anderson! Watch It Here
The Humboldt Mile would not have been possible without our core planning team of Dark Matter Coffee and 3Run2 running club. This event began as a pipe dream in early 2014 with Dark Matter Coffee and our respective organizations connected with 3Run2 in late 2014. We formed a planning triumvirate that made this event a reality.
Hope For The Day is deeply grateful for all the time and resources Dark Matter Coffee has committed to The Humboldt Mile (and so many of our efforts).
Thank you 3Run2 for all your time, guidance, support and consultation on making this an authentic run event.
Thank you to our sponsors lead by Revolution Brewing who were so eager to step up for their community.
Gracias to Nike for providing event shirts and bag check. We’re thankful of the support from KIND bar, Essentia Water, Lifeway Foods, Dimo’s Pizza, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, MB Financial Bank, Universal Wellness Source, Chipotle, and RoadID.
Plus a big salute to Lakeshore Athletic Services who provided our race timing, course equipment, and their awesome insights provided to us rookies (thanks Eric!). Also, hat tip to Neyl with USA Track & Field for our course certification.
This was a massive community undertaking and we appreciate the support of 26th Ward Alderman Robert Maldonado’s office. Thanks to Marilyn Morales, and Jesus Perez and the whole superb staff at Humboldt Park who coordinated with us. Thank you, Chicago Park District, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.
Finally, HFTD would like to recognize the most crucial element of our live events, all the staff and volunteer personnel who contributed their time on race day and in preparation - YOU ALL ROCK!
Special thanks to volunteers Yoshi Saka who served as our head course marshal, Melissa Fetter-RN who lead our medical response, Stephanie Marlow our press liaison, the security team, and Carlos Jaramilo who donated his race event expertise.