Champion Time to Talk Day through #RunandTalk event
The bi-annual England Athletics event aims to improve people's mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by talking about it.
The #RunAndTalk event, supported by mental health charity Mind, started this week and finishes on Friday 8 February 2019 to support Time to Talk Day on Thursday 7 February 2019.
The events follow on from the successful #RunAndTalk events in October 2018 in support of World Mental Health Day which saw around 200 organised runs to support mental wellbeing through running.
The #RunAndTalk programme has been created with the aim to:
- Improve mental health through running in England.
- Get people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma.
- Provide support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems.
- Support 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.
How does it work?
- Join a #RunandTalk organised run or grab a friend, family member or colleague.
- Run one mile or further during the designated week either with friends, family or colleagues at a time and location of your choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group.
- If you want to, wear a ‘Reason Card’ to show why, who or what you’re running for (for example ‘anxiety’, ‘my Mum’, ‘to break down stigma’ etc). This is optional.
- If you want to, upload a photograph to social media using a ‘#RunandTalk board’ at the end of your run to show people you’ve taken part (add the name of the club/group, organisation or family you are running with if you want). This is optional.
- Talk about it on social media using #RunandTalk.
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!
England Athletics organised runs
Organised runs are planned by England Athletics 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.
Applications are open 4 times a year for England Athletics affiliated clubs and RunTogether Groups.The next application window will be throughout April 2019, and more information is available here.
Mental Health Champions
Some runs will have one of our volunteer Mental Health Champions present. All our friendly Champions have lived experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.
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
More information and helpful links:
Interested in organising a #RunandTalk run for 2019?
Search for and book onto runs
For further information contact email@example.com
Join the conversation on social media using #RunandTalk / @MindCharity / @EnglandAthletic