Like a broken arm, mental illness hurts. However, unlike a shattered bone, there are many people in the nation afraid to go to a doctor for treatment for a mental illness.
In 2012, a man named Denis Asselin walked from Cheyney, Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts. This trek was made in honor of his son, who committed suicide at the too-young age of 24. He had suffered for years with body dysmorphia and obsessive compulsive disorder. When Asselin completed his walk, he was greeted by loved ones, fans, and members of the International OCD Foundation.
Since then, Asselin’s tradition has been faithfully carried out by thousands of citizens wanting to support the cause by raising awareness and funds.
On June 6th, OCD Sacramento will be hosting their second annual “One Million Steps for OCD”. The marathon will begin at Southside Park, 2115 6th street. Registration will begin at 8 am, and an opening ceremony will take place at 9:30.
According to a fact sheet on adaa.org, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. If affects approximately 40 million adults, or 18% of the nation’s population. Despite this large number, only about one-third of sufferers are treated.
OCD interferes with a person’s daily routine, relationships, and much more. Several hours a day can be spent performing complicated rituals and dealing with unwanted thoughts or compulsions.
As said on the International OCD Foundation’s website, “we will walk to raise awareness, hope, and funds to the support the important programs of the International OCD Foundations and our local affiliates”.
You can register or donate to One Million Steps for OCD, here.
For more mental health statistics, you can visit adaa.org.