Summit Applauds Julio Salazar’s Break The Stigma Run
On May 4th, Julio Salazar begins his run across the state of Minnesota to educate, encourage and inspire others about mental health issues. Summit Orthopedics is proud to be among race sponsors supporting his goal to end stigma and foster hope.
For Julio Salazar, running began as a way to stay in shape and later became a contemplative habit that helped him deal with depression. When Julio came to Summit Orthopedics, he needed help to treat a painful chronic running injury. Under the supervision of Dr. Amy Beacom, Julio underwent a 6-month physical rehabilitation program with Summit physical therapist Stephanie Kinsella. Through his treatment at Summit, Julio was able to strengthen his legs, refine his running form, and resolve his injury.
The support Julio received at Summit inspired him to find a way to support others who, like him, faced the challenge of depression and other mental illness issues. In 2014, Julio founded Break the Stigma with a mission to educate, encourage, and inspire others about mental health treatment. His Break The Stigma Run across the state of Minnesota is designed to raise awareness and money to fund Break The Stigma’s goals.
“One out of every four families in the United States is touched by depression in some way,” Julio explains. “Break The Stigma was founded to educate people that depression and mental illnesses are treatable, to encourage people to live a healthier life through treatment, and to inspire others to talk openly about mental health issues and create support.”
Julio’s route across Minnesota and through Minneapolis and Saint Paul to Stillwater is deliberately planned to take him through a number of small towns.
“People are reluctant to talk about depression and mental health,” he says. “It’s hard enough to broach these conversations in urban centers; my sense is that the stigmas are even stronger in small towns. During my run, I want to stop at high schools and talk with kids about self-esteem, depression, and resources. I’ll have information for them from one of my partners, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, NAMI.”
“I’m a great believer that when we leave this planet, we should leave something behind; we should try to improve things in some way,” says Julio. “I have been inspired by others, including my great team at Summit. I hope that I can inspire people to help break the stigmas around mental health issues.”
If Julio’s Break the Stigma run has inspired you, there are numerous ways for you to lend your support to his run across our state next week, and to his Break the Stigma mission. You’ll find information about how you can help at http://www.breakthestigmarun.com/
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