QUEEN'S PARK HARRIERS are pleased to be supporting #RunAndTalk an England Athletics campaign, supported by Mind the mental health charity, to improve mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. The event follows on from the successful #RunAndTalk event in February 2018 in support of Time to Talk Day which saw around 150 organised runs to support mental wellbeing through running.
During the week of 6th-12th October 2018 we’re encouraging people to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners. This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group.
The event is supported by a network of over 350 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Champions who are active in affiliated athletics and running clubs and RunTogether groups across England to support those of us who are experiencing mental health problems. The support available includes helping people to start running, get back into running, or continue running as well as to improve the mental wellbeing of their existing members.
The #RunAndTalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:
getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
raising awareness of mental health problems
supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to run
We’re often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from negative body image, or a lack of self-esteem through to practical reasons such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started.
QUEEN'S PARK HARRIERS are organising a run on 6TH OCTOBER 2018 at 08.45 from GLADSTONE PARK, on the corner of Anson Road and Park Road North (NW10 1JH). The run will be 5k and will include options for walking, jogging and running so everyone is welcome whether you are new to running, looking to get back into it or a regular runner.
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The run is supported by our volunteer Mental Health Champions. Our friendly ambassadors Anastasia, Susan and Sofia have lived experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.
Join the conversation on social media using #RunAndTalk.