Happy World Mental Health Day!
Every year, we spend this day raising awareness for mental health, considering how we can make sure more people have access to essential services and raising funds for those struggling with their mental health.
There are so many incredible charities that support the mental health of people across the world, including organisations such as the Samaritans, Mind, Mental Health America, Fondation de France and more.
This October, I'm taking part in the "Miles for Mind" campaign, using one of my favourite hobbies to raise a bit of money for this incredible mental health charity.
In this post, find out about Miles for Mind, why it is so important to raise awareness for mental health and all of my goals for October.
What is Miles for Mind?
Anyone can choose to sign up to Miles for Mind, accessing resources, support and entry to a community of fellow runners.
Mind need all the funds they can get, to continue to offer advice and support to people across the UK. Mind provide key services for those who are struggling with their mental health, including free information on their website.
From individual support to resources to use in the workplace, Mind is an incredible charity for people across the UK- and in the past, runners have raised over £368,000 for Mind.
Raising awareness for mental health
Running Miles for Mind is so important to help raise money and awareness for mental health.
As well as essential funds, it is so important to improve understanding about mental health across the world.
It is possible that everyone will struggle with their mental health at one time or another. By normalising mental health and recovery, we can help more people access the support they need.
Unfortunately, many people will not reach out for support due to shame, embarrassment or preconceived ideas about mental health. This is why we need to start breaking down the stigma that surrounds our mental health.
Mind are already doing this, and getting involved in campaigns such as Miles for Mind can help more people understand that it's okay not to be okay!
My goals and previous achievements
September was an incredible month for me when it comes to running. I completed The Great North Run and I'm so proud for pushing myself to achieve my best!
I would like to keep this going in October, and I'm aiming to run 25 miles for Miles for Mind. I previously ran more than 50 miles for them in August- and I was actually closer to 100 by the end of the month because of my half marathon training.
I can't wait to get started on this goal- maybe I'll even exceed it!
Have you heard of Miles for Mind? Do you like to raise awareness for mental health? Let me know in the comments!
Love, Sarah xoxoxo