Miki & Friends 5K Run and Walk for AIR
Saturday, May 19, 2018
- 12:30 PM
When people pet dogs, they not only smile, but they also experience biochemical reactions: releases of “feel good” brain chemicals called serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine, and a reduction in a stress hormone called cortisol. The health benefits of having dogs are even greater if the dogs are trained to serve as Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Dogs or Service Dogs. Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR) promotes and celebrates the positive impact that dogs have on people’s lives, as well as the entertaining talents they have, during its annual Miki & Friends 5K Walk & Run for AIR event. This year’s event will be held on May 19, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mercer County Park, East Picnic Area, West Windsor, New Jersey.
“This is a fun family event that gives us the opportunity to communicate our message about mental health to a much broader audience,” said Tricia Baker, who established AIR with her husband Kurt and daughter Katelyn after losing their son/brother to suicide following a long battle against severe depression and anxiety. Throughout the year, AIR presents an educational program to students in middle and high schools, colleges and universities, as well as parents and teachers.
“This is vital: mental health is integral to our overall health and must be addressed in order to enhance and even save our lives and the lives of those we love,” Kurt Baker added. “We are very grateful to sponsors for their support of our upcoming event, which supports our mission of educating every students about good mental health and suicide prevention.” Kurt and Tricia also offer Youth Mental Health First Aid instruction to parents and adults who work with youth.
Butterfly Release Ceremony Commemorates Departed Loved Ones
One of the many activities during the May 19th event will be a butterfly release ceremony to honor loved ones who have passed away.
“This is a beautiful, touching ceremony that means a lot to our family, not only to honor the memory of our son Kenny, but also to bond with others who have lost loved ones too soon,” Tricia said.
In addition to having bagpipe music, the reciting of a poem and the release of butterflies during the event, there will be a tent displaying photos of departed loved ones. Attendees are invited to add photos of their loved ones to the tent and have the names of loved ones announced during the ceremony. A registration form is available under the Programs tab at www.attitudesinreverse.org and can be mailed or e-mailed by May 12, 2018.
Attendees will also have opportunities to participate at the event; details will be available at the registration table.
The event will be held on May 19, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mercer County Park, East Picnic Area, West Windsor, New Jersey. For more details, please visit www.attitudesinreverse.org.
Behavioral / Mental Health
Last Updated: 03/07/18