#RunAndTalk event to support mental health

BH Live is hosting a #RunAndTalk event in Portsmouth to support local mental health – and everyone is welcome to join in.

#RunAndTalk is an England Athletics campaign, supported by Mind the mental health charity.

During 6-12 October 2018England Athletics is encouraging people across the country to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners.

This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group. The aim is to improve mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.

BH Live is organising a one hour #RunAndTalk event on Monday 8 October 2018 at 6.30pm starting at the front of Pyramids Centre in Southsea.

The run will be 3k with options for walkers, joggers and runners. People with pushchairs and prams are also welcome. It is £2 per person to join in (free with a BH Live Active membership).

Everyone is welcome, whether new to running, looking to get back into it, or already a regular runner.

Register at RunTogether.co.uk and search for Pyramids, Southsea #RunAndTalk.

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

#RunAndTalk is supported by a network of over 350 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Champions who are active in affiliated athletics and running clubs and RunTogether groups across England to support those of us who are experiencing mental health problems.

The support available includes helping people to start running, get back into running, or continue running as well as to improve the mental wellbeing of their existing members.

The #RunAndTalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • raising awareness of mental health problems
  • supporting 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.

For more information about BH Live please contact:

Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive E: press.office@bhlive.org.uk T: (01202) 055562

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#RunAndTalk

#RunAndTalk is supported by a network of over 350 volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Champions who are active in affiliated athletics and running clubs and RunTogether groups across England to support those of us who are experiencing mental health problems.

The support available includes helping people to start running, get back into running, or continue running as well as to improve the mental wellbeing of their existing members.

The #RunAndTalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • raising awareness of mental health problems
  • supporting 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.

England Athletics

England Athletics develops grass roots athletics and running in England, supporting affiliated clubs to prosper, developing more and better coaches, recruiting and supporting volunteers and officials. England Athletics provides and supports competition opportunities at an international (England representative), national, area and county level. England Athletics also delivers campaigns and products to inspire and provide opportunities for people in England to start running. These include This Girl Can Run (a running activation campaign from Sport England’s parent This Girl Can campaign) and RunTogether, a national recreational group-based running product.

England Athletics is a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. The Charter sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health and help people seek support when needed, see more at sportandrecreation.org.uk/mental-health-charter.

For more information on England Athletics please visit englandathletics.org 

Mind

We’re Mind, the mental health charity for England and Wales. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We have a federated network of around 134 local Minds across England and Wales.

Our Get Set to Go programme aimed to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems through access to sport in their communities, with support from Sport England and the National Lottery.

We work to remove the barriers that people living with mental health problems can face when wanting to take up a sport. We aim to increase and sustain their independent participation in mainstream sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on Mind’s sport and physical activity work please visit mind.org.uk/sport