Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
Belinda's first half marathon

Belinda's first half marathon 

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I'm turning 40 in January so decided to face this with a sense of denial that I'm actually getting any older and challenge myself to my first half marathon! I've done the 14km City to Surf (before 3yo Hudson was born mind you) so how hard can an extra 7km be (famous last words I'm sure!). Taking on this challenge is also a way to boost my mental health so I'd like to use the opportunity to raise awareness and much needed funds for Black Dog Institute. Mental Health problems affect 1 in 5 of us. I've had intimate experience of the profound effect this has on people through the work I do as a GP and in those around me. It's an illness that causes significant impact on the lives of those it touches and so devastatingly, can be fatal. The Black Dog Institute are piloting a massive suicide prevention project in our region. We need to talk more about our mental health, we need to teach from a young age how we can nuture it and to be resilient and we need to learn to ask for help when we need it. Its not a failure to admit we're struggling, its brave to be honest enough to seek help for a medical problem that can and should be treated with compassion and respect. I need your help too please, by donating to my page or helping to spread my message. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media. And if you or someone you know needs help see your GP or check out the Black Dog webpage for more information. Thank you for your generosity and support - it means a lot to me. Together we can help create the sort of world we want our kids to grow up in and help someone that might be struggling.

About my cause: Black Dog Institute

Our vision

A mentally healthier world.

Our mission

Enabling mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.

What we do

The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing.

We aim to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions.

Our unique approach incorporates clinical services with our cutting-edge research, our health professional training and community education programs. We combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective strategies for people living with mental illness. We also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

We work directly in all parts of the community as well as guiding the development of new and improved policy. We place focus on those with specific mental health needs like young people, Indigenous communities, men, and high-risk workforces.

Our primary areas of mental health research and treatment include: depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, workplace mental health, adolescents and young people, suicide prevention, e-mental health, and positive psychology and wellbeing.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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