Caleb’s Climb was begun because of the tragic circumstances of Caleb Johnson, who at the age of 22 committed suicide. His mother Debbie Jane Johnson with help and support from the UMC’s Holy Healthy team formed Caleb’s Climb to bring awareness to the issues of mental health.

May is Mental Health Awareness month.  In accordance with this, the 4th annual Caleb’s Climb, a one-mile walk to support Mental Health Awareness will be held. This walk starts at White Hall United Methodist, 310 Church Drive, White Hall and goes to Dollarway Road, turning back on Turner Avenue and back to Park Street, routing back to White Hall United Methodist Church. 

Caleb’s Climb was begun because of the tragic circumstances of Caleb Johnson, who at the age of 22 committed suicide. His mother Debbie Jane Johnson with help and support from the UMC’s Holy Healthy team formed Caleb’s Climb to bring awareness to the issues of mental health.

These are sad statistics, 1 in 4 adults - approximately 61.5 million Americans – experience mental illness each year. 3 in 17 or about 15 million live with a serious mental illness such as major depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. – That means 6.7 % of the U.S. population age 18 years and older are affected by mental illness. 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization, 2017).

According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 41,149 individuals committed suicide in the United States in 2013, the most recent year for which such statistics are available. That’s approximately the same number of deaths as breast cancer in the United States, more than the deaths of prostate cancer, six times the number of deaths from HIV and nearly three times the number of homicides. Every day in our nation there’s an average of over 5,200 suicide attempts by young people in grades 7-12 and 4 out of 5 teens who attempt have shown clear warning signs (U.S. Department of Statistics, 2017). More teen and young adults die each year from suicide than from cancer, AIDS, birth defects, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and influenza COMBINED. (National Alliance on Mental Illness 2017). The most recent study (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) found that 31 veterans were dying from suicide A DAY! That is one every 63 minutes! Some sources say this number is probably much higher!

All proceeds from Caleb’s Climb go to those that can’t afford medicines, rehabs, doctors’ fees, etc.  “Come out and join us for the Climb!” says Mary J. Skillen.

Caleb’s Climb is an endowment fund established through the Arkansas Methodist Cabinet and they give a certain percentage per quarter based on the total amount we contribute. Our goal this year is $5, 000.00. Our corporate sponsors are truly the “Heart and Soul” of this ministry and the reason we can help others financially. It is used for those who suffer from mental illness and cannot afford their medications, treatment and/or doctor’s appointments. All donations are appreciated and recognized

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The $20 Registration fee includes T-shirt and refreshments. The event is pet friendly.

For more information, contact Debbie Jane Johnson at 870-329-0032, or White Hall United Methodist Church @ 870-247-1481.