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WHY SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH?
In 2020, I will be taking on my biggest challenge yet of running the Manchester, London and Liverpool Marathon in the space of 7 weeks, proudly wearing MIND on my vest.
My older sister Becky has struggled with her mental health her whole life. After support from CAHMS as a teen, she was on leave from work with depression for over 5 months. In 2016 she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and hit her lowest when she made an attempt on her life.
Fast forward 3 years to a stronger and happier Becky - she has built her life back up and is in the process of changing career paths into the mental health sector. I think she is incredible and brave and I love her very much.
My sister is incredibly important to me, but it's not just her struggling. There are so many people around us day to day that suffer. People you know, people you don't know. People who talk about it, and people who definitely don't. I will be running every single step of the way for them in a bid for better support in mental health, and less stigma.
You don't have to be diagnosed, or feel a certain way - it's okay to not be okay, and it's okay to ask for help.
WHY SHOULD YOU RUN?
Running in support of Mind for the London Marathon 2019 did nothing short of change my life. I learnt so much about myself, and my ability to push beyond boundaries I didn't know existed.
Running is scientifically proven to be one of the most effective antidepressants. Endorphins flood your bloodstream and I can vouch that it feels fantastic. So why wouldn't you want to get involved in doing something that betters your mental wellbeing, and raises money for Mind at the same time?
Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
I dare you.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
They "won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect."
£70 could keep the online community, Elefriends, open and safe for two hours.
£120 could offer a lifeline to eight people in desperate need of support from the Mind legal line.
£200 could help keep the Mind Infoline open for 1 hour, helping 35 people.
£300 could support a young person bereaved by suicide to access 1:1 and group support.
£550 could provide five people struggling with their mental health a place in a 10-week wellbeing group with team sports and cookery.