Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction announced today that it will participate as an official charity partner in the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon, March 24, 2019,- one of the four largest marathons in the U.S and one of the top 10 worldwide.
As an official LA Marathon Charity Partner, Give an Hour is recruiting team members to run on behalf of its public health initiative, the Campaign to Change Direction. Team members will raise funds to support the Campaign and will have the opportunity to train and run together. They will receive team benefits, including a team shirt, training tips, group training runs and a chance to win a FitBit.
Give an Hour currently consists of approximately 7,000 mental health professionals, providing free and confidential mental health care to those in need; to-date, the organization has donated over 265,000 hours of free care, valued at more than $26 million. In addition to providing free and confidential mental health care to those in need, Give an Hour leads the Campaign to Change Direction (changedirection.org), a public health effort with the goal to change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. Using a collective impact approach, the Campaign and its 600+ partners encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being and reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to educate more people about our free mental health services and to share the Campaign to Change Direction’s mission to change the culture around mental health,” said Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour. “The Los Angeles Marathon has an impressive track record of amplifying important causes and raising significant funds! We are honored to be one of the organizations participating in 2019.”