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.