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NCCU professor will trek 10,000 miles for mental health awareness

Robert Horne, who teaches in the NCCU School of Education, left Thursday on a motorcycle ride that will see him practically circle the United States.

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A North Carolina Central University professor is going a long way to raise money for programs associated with mental health counseling.

Robert Horne, Ph.D., who teaches in the School of Education, left Thursday on a 10,000-mile motorcycle ride that will see him practically circle the United States. He launched his effort as part of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which starts July 1.

Over the next 30 days, Horne’s ride will see him reach the “four corners” of the United States — Madawaska, Maine; Blaine, Wash.; San Ysidro, Calif., and Key West, Fla.

In an interview with WNCN in Raleigh, the former Marine said mental health issues in minority communities often go untreated.

“When you’re working with people in under-served populations, a lot of times they don’t get the attention that they need because there are so many barriers that get in the way,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 17 percent of U.S. adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. Of the various forms of mental illness, depression is most common, affecting more than 26 percent of the U.S. adult population.

Horne is hoping to raise $30,000 for UNCCU’s Counselor Education Program, National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation and the Uganda Counselors Association.

To donate and follow his month-long journey, click here.

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