Wilbraham 24 Hour Run raises funds for mental health

WILBRHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A Saturday morning run in Wilbraham begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Wilbraham United Church at 500 Main Street and ends at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday

This is a 24-hour run to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

Bill Wells, the founder of the run, is famous for his efforts to raise funds to provide resources for people in abusive relationships, grief counseling and even cancer research.

There will be an entry sheet in memory of someone at the event.

This inspirational long-distance runner says: “People with mental illness often face discrimination, and the issue is still taboo for some people, even within families. All of that has to change.”

There are opportunities for donations and more information. Bill Wells can be contacted at (413) 427-2811.

Wells spoke about his experiences with depression. “It was like walking around with a backpack full of bricks,” Wells explained. “I could do what I had to do, but the stones were a constant weight and it wasn’t until I got counseling in my thirties that I can honestly say I felt better.”

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