Start-2-Finish walkers for mental health are trailed by officer Valerie Rodriguez of the EPD. Walkers, pictured from left, are, Marcia Robinson Mason, Martina Bullock, Rotunda Rush, Kunicka Ray Ollennu.

There is a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to bringing  Mental Health Awareness to the Greensville-County community. May is mental health awareness month. According to The National Alliance on mental illness, one in four adults experiences a mental health disorder in a given year

 At 1 p.m. Tuesday From Start 2 Finish Counseling Services held its first  annual Mental Health Awareness Walk.

“I personally would like to see the community come together as a whole for a good cause,” FSTF Administrative Coordinator Martina Bullock said.  

“Some may not realize but it only takes thirty minutes of walking or just being outside in nature to help reduce stress and depression. We are about changing lives and changing minds on how people approach mental health illness.” 

FSTF was founded by Rotunda Rush in 2013. Rush’s roots began here in Emporia Greensville-County.

She graduated in 2009 from Virginia State University in Petersburg where she received her BA in computer information systems. After graduating Rush was with Capital One Bank for one year and found herself looking for something more meaningful. She chose to come back to her hometown in hopes to find a way to give back to the community.

The walk was an effort to raise awareness and show support for mental health in the community letting people know that mental illness does exist and it’s okay. It’s okay to talk about it, to discuss it and to support each other and hopefully spark up a conversation on mental illness.

Rush and her team supports, educates and advocates for people living with mental illness including the family and friends of those living with mental illness. “I would like to thank all the supporters, participants and a special thank you to the one who organized and pulled it all together, Martina Bullock,”said Rush.

FSTF offers a wide range of services. Some of the services that are offered include resume planning, job search, life skills, parenting education, individual and family counseling.

For additional information about mental health illness or FSTF services you may call the office or visit the website. (434) 634-0060, www.FS2FINC.org