South Florida Hospital News
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February 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 8




9th Annual Race for Recovery 5K Run and Walk is September 28 at Indian River State College Pruitt Campus New Horizons raises awareness about suicide prevention

By Lisa Rymer
New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is excited to host the 9th Annual Race for Recovery 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile on Saturday, September 28 at 6:30 a.m., at Indian River State College’s Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie.
Registration for the race is only $25 and includes a neon yellow running shirt, goodie bag, and participation ribbon, as well as medals, trophies and prizes for top placements in each division. There is also a complimentary continental breakfast, music and post-race yoga stretch zone.
Proceeds support mental health and addiction recovery services for 14,000 children and adults at New Horizons inpatient and outpatient facilities across the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee.
New Horizons is the largest mental health and substance abuse agency in the region, with eight offices across four counties. More than half of New Horizons clients have no source of income or insurance, yet no one is turned away due to lack of financial resources.
“We hold this race in September each year to recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,” said New Horizons CEO George Shopland.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. among young people ages 10- to 34-years-old. It is in the top 10 ten leading causes of death among all adults. Suicide is the only cause of death that is 100% preventable.
In 2018, there were 134 suicides in this region: 31 suicides in Indian River County, 40 suicides in Martin County, 8 suicides in Okeechobee County and 55 suicides in St. Lucie County.
Moreover, for every one completed suicide, 25 more have been attempted; white middle-aged males comprise almost 70% of all completed suicides; in 2018 there were 129 suicides each day in the United States, almost twice the number of homicides; and, alcohol and other substances amplify the risk of suicide among fragile populations.
By reaching out to the community with education, support and services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, New Horizons strives to prevent another suicide by being a part of the healing process.
In addition to participating in the run/walk, sponsoring the race is an excellent way to show the community you endorse essential mental health services. Sponsors receive race registrations, logo placement, website and social media recognition, and more.
Among this year’s sponsors are: Hoskins Turco Lloyd and Lloyd, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Florida Insurance Brokers, Florida Insurance Trust, Harry Shaw, Jacquin & Sons Construction, Dynix Diagnostix, Kathryn and Karl Hensley, Midway Dental, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Tropicana, CenterState Bank, Guardian Credit Union, Florida Power and Light, Greg Pickett, Tom Nelson Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Pat Austin, and Jo Anne and Walter Knight.
To learn more or register for the race, please visit, call (772) 696-2729, or go to
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