CooperRiis proudly supports May’s Mental Health Awareness Month

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Jeremiah on his bike at CooperRiis

“At the start of my sophomore year, I felt off. I struggled to get myself to class and attend activities that I once found joy in. My depression, anxiety and paranoia had begun to take over my life. I stopped going to class and struggled to leave my apartment. My symptoms became worse, so I withdrew from college.”

This is Jeremiah’s story. He sought treatment and learned that rhythmic exercise was a crucial aspect of his recovery, giving him a new direction in life and leading to his work as a Senior Recovery Coach at CooperRiis.

Jeremiah’s participation in The Tour Divide, a 2,745 self-paced bicycle race from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, is the inspiration behind his Ride Above Mental Illness fundraising campaign to break mental health stigma and raise funds for CooperRiis.

“Now it’s time to give back, and hopefully inspire others to follow my journey and plan their own wellness activity on behalf of CooperRiis. I love the act of giving. It fills my soul with purpose and joy. I chose CooperRiis as my fundraising recipient for several reasons. Firstly, I work at CooperRiis and get to see the power of recovery unfolding there every day. The residents I work with are challenged to dig deep and tap into uncomfortable places that their bodies and minds have often shielded them from. Secondly, The Tour Divide course will require me to be very mindful and intentional and to look after myself in the ways that CooperRiis’s seven recovery domains ask of our residents.”

Jeremiah Reiner

Update: We are pleased to welcome Jeremiah Reiner back to our community. After cycling over 1800 miles, Jeremiah has coming home. We thank Jeremiah for his courage and bravery as he Cycled Above Mental Illness, raising $8,979 to support CooperRiis’ Healing mission. Jeremiah’s story reached thousands of people and helped to destigmatize and raise awareness for people with mental health challenges. WE can’t wait to welcome Jeremiah back to CooperRiis!

If you would like to make a gift in Jeremiah’s honor, please do so on our Donate page.

See Jeremiah’s Ride Above Mental Illness page here.

See a short video featuring Jeremiah and his bike ride on Fox Carolina.

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