The Adventure of Elevating Mental Health

ADVENTUM™ offers a stigma free experience that builds community and connects people with local resources to elevate mental health.

Elevating Mental Health

Mindfulness Triathlon

A triathlon reimagined, the Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon was designed to elevate mental health. Our event creates community, removes barriers, and connects people with local resources to help them in their mental health journey.

2 mile walk/run

45 min yoga session

20 min meditation

Breaking Barriers

The Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon aims to remove barriers for those hurting in our community. The three barriers we address are:

  • STIGMA: We help remove the stigma towards anxiety and depression. There is no shame in asking for help.
  • RESOURCES: We help simplify the process of finding help. Our event brings together several local resources into one location. Help comes in many forms and we want to make it accessible.
  • FINANCIAL: We help raise funds to underwrite visits to our benefiting charities to ease the financial burden of seeking professional care.

Upcoming Events

ADVENTUM™ Mindfulness Triathlon

Saturday, October 26, 2019 in Tyler, TX at True Vine Brewing Company

We are proud to partner with two local charities for our 2019 event. A percentage of our proceeds will be awarded to Bethesda Health Clinic and Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas. Our goal is to raise funds through our event to help remove the financial barrier people face when seeking help. A portion of the proceeds will contribute to both nonprofits’ scholarship funds.

Benefiting Charities

Mental Health Partners

About Colleen Long

The Adventum Mindfulness Triathlon was birthed out of my passion for mental health and personal journey of anxiety and depression. I suffered a head injury in 2012 from a car accident and I felt lost on how to handle the trauma. Anxiety and depression crept in and worsened over time.

It wasn’t until I had my first miscarriage in 2015 that I discovered tools to help me navigate my anxiety and depression. Running, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness helped me process my grief and empowered me to be present in the midst of my pain. Although I was a collegiate athlete and always involved in athletics, my miscarriage reintroduced me to these practices in a new light.

I had such a profound transformational experience that I felt compelled to share these tools with others. I wanted to help remove the stigma around mental health and show others that healing comes in many forms. In 2018, the Adventum Mindfulness Triathlon was born. The event was a huge success and I look forward to bringing it back to Tyler again.

Since last year, I have obtained my 200-hour yoga teacher certification and plan to teach others the practices that have helped me. My vision is to take the Adventum Mindfulness Triathlon to other cities and to use Adventum to help elevate mental health on a broader scale.

Awareness

Mental Health in Smith County

  • Of the 25 most populated counties in Texas, Smith County ranks number 1 in suicide rates.
  • At that rate, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office says there is one suicide every two weeks.
  • Kathy Waterfield, Director of the Andrews Center, says out of all 50 states, Texas ranks 49th in receiving state funding for mental health resources.

Mental Health Affects Everyone

  • In the past 10 years, health care providers have recognized an increase of anxiety in young people, including a 17% increase in anxiety disorder diagnosis. As little as 1% of youth with anxiety seek treatment in the year symptoms begin.
  • Men make up over 75 percent of suicide victims in the United States, with one man killing himself every 20 minutes.
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.
  • One recent study found that 1 in 7 women may experience postpartum depression in the year after giving birth.
  • When including women who have miscarried or have had a stillbirth, around 900,000 women suffer from postpartum depression annually in the US.

Results

2018 Inaugural Mindfulness Triathlon

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Almost 200 participants

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30 local sponsors with 21 sponsor booths of resources for mental health

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$5,400 donated to Bethesda Health Clinic to help fund their mental health program

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Sponsors saw increase in business due to exposure from our event

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10 new cities across the country requested our event

“This event seriously changed my life and how I view people and myself. I had no idea it would have such an impact on me but I’m so glad it did. Most of us will experience tough times in life (Health issues, death of a loved one, relationships, childhood issues, abuse…) and it’s so easy to feel alone in those dark places. This event promotes everyone to be authentically heard and know that we all can learn from each other. This event will equip you with tools & methods to regain your mental and emotional clarity if you ever find yourself in a tough place! I encourage everyone to sign up!”

Emily Osburn

“The Mindfulness Triathlon has 100% been our best return on investment for our marketing dollars spent. We were late to join the party but Colleen was nice enough to let us slide in as a lower level sponsor for the event at the very last minute. Even with less exposure than the major sponsors, Spectrum Laser Aesthetics experienced a gross revenue of twenty times our minimal investment to be a part of the Triathlon. We were able to access and build lasting relationships with a market that we would have never imagined to exist. We are so excited to be an even bigger sponsor this coming event and for the foreseeable future.“

Bryce Fisher, Owner and Founder of Spectrum Laser Aesthetics

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