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Dr. Tim Stoddard, a Wood River psychiatrist with St. Luke’s Clinic – Mental Health Services, is off on a 400-mile journey to promote mental health awareness. Dr. Stoddard is participating in the Smoke ‘n Fire 400-mile, a self-supported mountain bike race through the rugged terrain of southern Idaho. The race kicked off at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in Boise’s Hyde Park.
Dr. Stoddard is taking part in the race to increase awareness of mental health issues and services with the backing of the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.
For Dr. Stoddard, the ride is comparable to a process followed by those who seek wellness. He notes that he and counselors Stephanie Miller and Gay Miremont ask their clients to take on challenges and new behaviors that can be scarier than a bike ride.
In both instances, he observes, the terrain will have ups and downs as well as surprises. And as in life, it is really about learning how to deal with the challenges.
"When someone who has lost hope begins to find it again, or they see that there might be a way to achieve something they thought was impossible, it is very rewarding to be a small part of that process,” Dr. Stoddard said.
Donations to the foundation will be applied to helping to provide access to mental health services.
To learn more about the Smoke ‘n Fire, visit www.smokenfire420.wordpress.com
Tracking is also available via http://trackleaders.com/smokenfire15
To learn more about Bike4Brains, contact Joy Prudek, PR & Communications, SLWR, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chereen Langrill is a former communications coordinator for St. Luke’s Health System
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