Preparations are already in full swing for Interfaith Social Service’s annual Stop the Stigma 5K! Mark your calendars now for April 28 as we take to the streets of Squantum (in North Quincy) and walk and run in support of our friends, family and neighbors fighting mental illness and addiction.

What’s new this year?
  • Our name! We’ve modified the name from the South Shore Walk and 5K Race to the Stop the Stigma 5K. We feel this puts more emphasis on the purpose behind the race, which is to draw attention to the importance of mental health counseling and addiction recovery treatment, ending social stigmas attached to mental illness and supporting those suffering.
  • The course! We’ve made slight adjustments to try to avoid some of the hillier sections of Squantum. Check out the new route:
  • Bibs and T-shirts. All participants who register by April 13 will receive an awesome Stop the Stigma 5K cotton T-shirt. This year, for an extra $5, anyone can upgrade to a dry-fit performance tee (previously these were reserved for runners only). And…this year everyone will receive a numbered bib from RaceWire. This will allow all participants to be timed as well as tagged in race-action photos!

Besides a scenic, challenging race route and the chance to support an amazing cause, this event also includes a post-race Family Fun Celebration with lunch, snacks, drinks, a kids Fun Run, games, raffles, a bouncy house, face painting and so much more. So bring your friends, your baby, your mom, your dog, whomever! and come run or walk with us on April 28. Register now.

All funds from this event support Interfaith’s various programs, including The New Directions Counseling Center. New Directions has been offering compassionate and skilled counseling to the South Shore since 1947. Our nonprofit counseling services provide a safety-net ensuring that everyone is able to receive care regardless of their health insurance status or income.