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PSS Mental Health organizes Luta Color Run | Way of life

ROTA (public school system) — The PSS Mental Health Team led the “Luta Color Run” on June 11, 2022, Saturday, with support from partner community organizations to celebrate Pride Month.

Pride month is a month of observing and celebrating the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+) community. It celebrates the historic strides made by the LGBTQ+ social movement and the ongoing efforts to educate our community about the importance of inclusivity and equality.

The spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community is not limited to the commonly known gender identities named in the acronym. It includes a range of gender identities such as intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual, and/or those who otherwise identify or question their sexual or gender identity or expression.

The Pride Month celebration also welcomes all community supporters who support the movement as allies.

Mental health plays an immense role in the process of self-discovery in one’s sexual identity.

PSS Mental Health, in conjunction with Project TASA and Project HALIGI AWARE, organized Rota’s second “Luta Color Run” to celebrate the spirit of Pride Month and raise awareness of the importance of mental well-being and of physical health.

The first 75 participants were warmly welcomed and received motivation packs.

There were a total of 95 participants.

Prior to the start of the event, the Department of Fire and Emergency Management Services led attendees to warm up for the Luta Color Run.

Marvin Tamangided, community project manager for the local education agency for Rota, then delivered the welcoming remarks.

PSS Mental Health Behavioral Health Specialist Vannah Hocog worked alongside Tamangided in the days leading up to the event.

The Luta Color Run route started at Tun Kindu baseball field and continued to Sinapalo Youth Center and Rota Judicial Center before returning to the baseball field.

There were color splash stations every 200 feet of the course. Partner community organizations and agencies included FILCOR, DCCA DYS, Rota City Council, CHCC CGC, G&C Clan, AmeriCorps and the Rota Mayor’s Office, all of which contributed to the success of the event.

For their part, DPS and DFEMS provided assistance by ensuring the safety of all participants.

One attendee said, “The event was a huge success with great attendance. I’m excited for more activities like this. It really brings out the community for a great cause. I’m really happy that many people came out to support LGBTQ awareness.

PSS Mental Health would like to thank the following organizations and agencies for their generous contributions and support: FILCOR, DCCA DYS, Rota Municipal Council, CHCC CGC, DPS, DFEMS, G&C Clan, AmeriCorps, and the Office of the Mayor of Rota.