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Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk!, May 21

River Point Behavioral Health in Jacksonville, Florida and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida (MHA) joined forces to organize a Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk to take a stand against bullying in our community and schools. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30a.m. and will begin and end at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville.

Bullying occurs much more often than people think. Studies indicate that 30% of students are bullied; this represents those who report it. Many children and adolescents do not report incidents of bullying. Every day in our schools and communities, children are teased, threatened and tormented by bullies. Youth who are bullied are more likely to skip school, drop out of school, smoke, drink, use drugs and get into fights.

"Bullying among our children and adolescents has become an epidemic and something needs to be done now," said Gayle Eckerd, CEO of River Point Behavioral Health. "We expect over 300 families, direct service providers and other community leaders to participate and we hope to connect with them at this event." All proceeds will benefit Mental Health America's Bullying Prevention programs in Northeast Florida.

Please join us Saturday, May 21st for our 1st Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk!  The walk will begin and end at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) and all participants will enjoy a nice stroll along Jacksonville’s Riverwalk, breakfast, t-shirt and entry into the MOSH!  Registration is $15 per person with all proceeds benefitting Mental Health America’s Bullying Prevention Programs here in Northeast Florida. 

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