Girl Walking in Park

Woman Runs Daily 5K to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If you’re only as good as your word, then Natasha Pierre knows what is ahead — running and lots of it.

“Today, it’s not really a word, it’s more of a phrase,” Pierre said, dressed in running grear as she writes the words ‘Don’t Stop’ onto a white piece of paper.

Pierre has been running daily since October 20.  She came up with the idea to run a 5K every day until the Strides for Mental Health Awareness 5K on November 16. And this race is a personal one for Pierre.

“I have my own 20 year journey with what is considered a severe mental illness. I know the pain, I know the struggle, I know the frustrations, I know how stigma looks and feels,” said Pierre.

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