If you know me well enough, you’ll know that I hate running. Its something I find incredibly difficult; my body revolts against the forced movement, it is determined not to co-operate. A lot of people are generally surprised by the revelation that I hate running because I regularly sign up for events that mandate a fair amount of it but there is a reason behind the madness. Not only is it good for you(surprise surprise) but in the past it has been an excellent way to raise awareness and funds for a cause that I am passionate about.
Last year a friend of mine took their own life. Its not the first time I’ve lost a friend to mental illness and I highly doubt it will be the last. J was a kind soul, someone who made you feel special through the most simple of actions. If I was stressed out at work, he’d cook me dinner to make sure I ate; if I felt tired and unattractive, he’d remind me of the more important things in life. I fondly recall one late night after work, coming home to find J shuffling to Taylor Swift in my kitchen with a look of pure joy on his face. This is the way I want to remember J because even though he was a flawed individual, he was human.
J is the reason I am running the Half Marathon at this years Run Melbourne festival, to raise money for Beyond Blue.
Most people in Australia have been affected by anxiety and depression in some way, whether through personal experience or through family, friends or work colleagues. In any one year, around 1 million adults in Australia experience depression and over 2 million experience anxiety.
Beyond Blue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands anxiety and depression, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.
The beyondblue Support Service gives every person in Australia the opportunity to talk through his or her concerns with a trained mental health professional. Last year over 100,000 Australians contacted beyondblue about their concerns – both big and small.
Please donate to help this amazing cause.