Hi, I'm Emily, I'm 25 and I will be running the Half Marathon in September for the Bristol based mental health community project Freedom of Mind (FOM). I have taken on this challenge to raise awareness and encourage conversation around our mental health, as well as raising much needed funding for a project that does so much good in our community. What captured me when I began working with FOM was recognising 'we all have a mental health.' In the UK one in four of us struggle with our mental health during our lifetimes and I'm working with FOM to encourage discussion and bring mental health out of the dark. This cause is very close to my heart. Last year, I lost my uncle Andy to the darkest depths of his mental health. Tragically he took his own life, leaving behind a devastated family who loved him unconditionally. Our last conversation was around my new found love of running. Andy was such an outdoorsy man and loved nothing more than a bike ride, a run or a kick about in the park. So I will run 13.1 miles in his memory in the hope of making the topic of mental health and wellbeing a day-to-day conversation for us all. Even though there has been lots of positive change towards removing the stigma attached to mental health, it still exists. FOM are doing some amazing work in our community to bring about this change, but they need support to continue. Whilst I love running, 13.1 miles is a massive challenge for me so I really need your support! I started training in February with a 10k run - my first run since losing Andy in August 2017. This run went well but I'm under no illusions of how tough my training journey is going to be as I extend my distance. So please get sharing and donate what you can so I can keep motivated, and I promise to keep you posted on my progress throughout! Together we can encourage conversations, educate each other and change how mental health is perceived and supported in our community. Thank you x
Freedom of Mind is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging conversations, educating people and communities, and inspiring change around mental health. We all have mental health, yet often we ignore it unless we start to struggle. Emotional difficulties can affect anyone at any time in their life, and we believe that everyone should have the tools to help themselves and others improve their emotional wellbeing.