The Break the Silence 5k began in 2011 as a Sigma Pi fraternity event in memory of late brother, Marc Haege. Since 2011, the Break the Silence 5K event has raised money for the NC State Student Counseling Center with increasing participants and donations each year.
The goal of our race is not only to remember those lost to suicide, but also to raise awareness for the resources available to people who may be suffering from depression. We want to help "stop the stigma" that many people have causing them to refrain from speaking out about their depression. We want for those suffering to know how to seek help, and also want to empower the staff of the Counseling Center to be as equipped and effective as they need to be to combat such a serious problem on a large college campus.
Depression and other anxiety issues affect people of all different backgrounds and ages. Currently, close to 25 million Americans suffer from depression each year. Although the number of people suffering from depression and other similar mental health issues is large, the amount of awareness of such issues is not at a point where many people know how to cope with them. The Counseling Center at NC State has programs and services for all students throughout the school year, teaching them about depression and other serious mental health issues. Through efforts such as the Break the Silence 5k, many of these services can reach larger audiences and can positively impact and educate more students.
The Break the Silence race has had over 800 participants over the past two years, and this year, we are looking for even more. Our group wants to be a voice for all people interested in bettering the mental health resources on NC State campus and in the Raleigh community. The Break the Silence is not just a race, but also a voice for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. As a united voice, we can make a significant difference in serious mental health fields and help our community progress towards a better future.