With 10 October being World Mental Health Day, England Athletics, supported by mental health charity Mind, is encouraging people to #runandtalk during the week of 8–14 October. It is hoped people will improve their mental wellbeing through running and to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.
England Athletics said: “Here at England Athletics we are fully aware at how important mental health problems are and how they can affect the lives of not only the person who is battling mental health issues but the families and friends too.
“We wanted to raise awareness for mental health problems and the benefits of being active and communicating, so we are holding an awareness programme, Run and Talk, encouraging people to do just that, run and talk about issues or problems. Organised runs will be held at specific locations as well as encouraging those who can’t make it to these events to run one or more miles wherever they like, it doesn’t have to be at an organised event.”
England Athletics is asking people to take a picture after completing their run and upload it to the Runandtalk Facebook page using the hashtag #runandtalk