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Shatter the Stigma:

A Conversation on Mental Health

Mind and Wellness Foundation (MAWF), in partnership with the nationally streamed, ‘What Keeps Us Together’ podcast; hosted an in-depth discussion entitled 'A Critical Conversation on Mental Health'  featuring Clinical Therapist, LaTasha Pennant with our very own CEO & Founder of MAWF, Deneen Vaughn.  In addition to learning more about the newly launched Mind and Wellness Foundation created in memory of Chris Vaughn who died by suicide late in 2021-- viewers and listeners tapped in to learn some healthy coping mechanisms, ways to stop that overly critical voice in your head, and how to know if you or a loved one may need
some support.


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Mental Break 2K/5K Walk 

The inaugural, flagship fundraiser 'Mental Break 2k/5K and Virtual Walk' held November 2022 at Brown's Chapel Park in Reston, VA was a huge success! 

With nine core sponsors, six In-Kind Sponsors, more than 180 total participants nationwide, and nearly $20,000 raised -- it was a good

We look forward to the 2023 Mental Break Race and Walk with a few new elements, like 'Teams' and a 'Wellness Fair'! 


For many of us, our mental and emotional well-being are positively impacted by exercise and fitness, nutrition and healthy eating, and mind-body practices - but many people seeking help for mental illness are not often offered these options as part of their treatment plan. In addition to traditional therapy, we aim to expand our approaches to address the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Profits raised during the Mind and Wellness Foundation's Mental Break 2K/5K will go toward treatment for young men and women in need of therapy and access to resources that will help support their journey toward overall mental wellness in addition to our all new scholarship program. 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 26, 2023 at 8:00 AM to walk with us! 

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Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

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In-Kind Partners

The Nest Egg


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Unravel You

Kim's Kloset 

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Organization &  Wellness Partners

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Breathe. Healing Our Heart. 

w/ Elethia Gay

Breathe. Healing our Heart was a 45-minute-long yoga class led by Elethia Gay that included virtual participants from all parts of the world. From Los Angeles to Silver Spring, Maryland and from Fairfax, Virginia to Costa Rica. Novice and experienced yogis alike engaged in poses that helped facilitate the breathing process that aid in the reduction of tension in the body.    Taking this yoga session helped many participants free up their energy flow and find a place of peace, even if for a short while.   


We'll be partnering with Elethia in 2023 for Slay the 5K -- a program designed to prepare participants for upcoming races and walks to include our fall Mental Break Race and Walk in addition to her leading a few other short yoga sessions.  Learn more about Elethia, Alexander Q, and wellness programs and events by visiting the calendar page or Resource Hub of our website 

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