Tampa Team Speaks Up for Mental Health Awareness
Thanks to our Tampa team for their efforts to support the SpeakUp5k race on October 19. With Cordant’s matching donation, the team raised a total of $860 to benefit the Healthy Transitions program of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation.
Unfortunately, the original SpeakUp5K race was canceled because of Tropical Storm Nestor. The event was moved indoors to the Glazer Children’s Museum for those who could still make it. Cordant Senior VP and General Manager of Behavioral Health, Decia Stenzel, was visiting the area and was able to attend and represent the team.
“I took away a tremendous amount of pride knowing our Tampa team supported this worthy cause around mental health awareness, particularly since it supported a foundation centered around a young person,” said Decia. “Events like these always strengthen my resolve around being part of a solution, like we are here at Cordant.”
The SpeakUp5k race series raises awareness of teenage depression and anxiety in a positive and active way. One in five teens is affected by depression and 30% of teens with depression develop a substance use problem.
The foundation is named for Cameron K. Gallagher, who suffered from teenage depression and anxiety. Cameron died from sudden cardiac arrhythmia in 2014, but her family continues to carry on her mission to cultivate awareness, understanding, and education for teenage mental health.
Decia was able to speak with Cameron’s family members, pictured below, at the event.