Improve your mental health and overall wellbeing with #RunandTalk

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:15

Improve your mental health and overall wellbeing with #RunandTalk

In support of Time to Talk Day during the week of 28th January and 3rd February 2017, England Athletics, supported by Mind the mental health charity, are encouraging people to #runandtalk to improve their mental wellbeing through running and break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.

How does it work?

1) Join the event on Facebook

2) Talk about it on social media using #runandtalk. Tag other people to tell them about it and encourage them to run!

3) Run one mile or further during the 28th Jan-3rd Feb either with friends, family or colleagues at a time and location of your choice or by joining one of the local organised runs (see below).

What counts as a run?

One mile or further, you choose the distance and location that suits you. You don't have to run the whole way, walking and jogging is allowed!

Organised Runs
Organised runs are planned by England Athletics partners, affiliated clubs and RunTogether Groups. They are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach and finish with a social element so you can go for a drink or something similar afterwards. Anyone of any running ability can join a run even if you've never run before and are not a member of that club or group.

  • 30th January - Melton Running Club - Mental Health Ambassador Rob Beers will be there
  • 1st February - Squirrels Running Club (Broughton Astley)
  • 2nd February - Running for It (Coalville) - Mental Health Ambassador Patrick Tyers will be there
  • 2nd February - Dawn's Running Pals (Braunstone)

Who can take part? Anyone can take part. Organised runs will however have a minimum age so check the information for the run you wish to join.

Do I have to have a mental health problem to take part?
No, anyone can take part. 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year and running can help everyone's mental wellbeing. We can all play a part in breaking down the stigma attached to mental health.

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