Release Recovery Foundation on college mental health tour

MARYLAND – Mental health can be a tricky subject to talk about, especially on college campuses. But one group is on a mission to change that, and they’re getting boots on the ground.

You may recognize Zac Clark from ABC’s The Bachelorette, but he’s also a co founder of the Release Recovery Foundation. It’s a group dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health struggles, including addiction, and getting more resources out there.

Right now, Clark and the group are touring college campuses around the region to talk about what students are dealing with, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

“Earlier this year, we really started to identify this problem that was happening on college campuses, right, like it’s very clear to us coming out of Covid as behavioral healthcare professionals that something needed to change,” Clark said.

So here’s what they do: they go to these campuses and meet with students and groups and just give them a space to talk. Students can talk about pressures they’re dealing with, whether that be school, sports, or anything.

Release Recovery Foundation also has a list of resources. including their own group, that students can use even after the group leaves. Clark says he hopes students walk away with a clear message:

“They’re not alone, right, they’re definitely not alone, they are loved, and that they really deserve to live the life that they want to live and that they are enough,” he said.

The group will continue their tour on Thursday right here in Maryland with a stop at the University of Maryland. During the tour, they’re also raising money for scholarships that will help students with mental health resources they may need. You can find more information on those scholarships and the group by visiting their website.

Anyone looking for resources can call the group at 914-588-6564. You can also email connect@releaserecovery.com, or visit ReleaseRecovery.com.

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