Sioux Center, Iowa — A free walk for mental health awareness, which was to have been in Sioux Center on Saturday has been canceled — but you’re still encouraged to walk on your own.

The Maurice Reformed Church and Seasons Center for Behavioral Health were hosting the WALK for Mental Health Awareness. Organizers tell us it was to be a free, family-friendly event to recognize the importance of mental health and to share resources on where to seek help.

Kim Scorza, CEO/President of Seasons Center says that right now is an especially vulnerable time for our communities, as we face new challenges and stressors due to the pandemic. She says, “We need to be a support to our family, friends, and neighbors. We need to know where to turn for help. We need to understand how the impacts of this virus – financially, emotionally, and otherwise – can take a toll on each of us and we need to have a plan for getting the support we may need.”

Organizers tell us the event was canceled due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the area. But in place of the event, they are asking people to help them raise awareness by walking independently through September 18th. They are suggesting you go for a walk with your family members or other individuals within your unit, take pictures, and post them and tag Seasons OR send them to Seasons via messenger. They tell us they will post them on their page, acknowledging you and the other individuals pictured.

They are also encouraging folks to consider donating to the Camp Autumn Scholarship Fund via their Facebook page, Camp Autumn, or at https://seasonscenter.org/donate.php.
They say, “Though we are apart, we can still make a difference.”

Pastor Ross Hoekstra of Maurice Reformed Church says “Staying connected in this time is vital. We need each other and we need to know that we are not alone. Now is the time to care for each other and seek the help that we need.”

For more information you can visit www.seasonscenter.org or call 1-800-242-5101.

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