Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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My Story

As many of you know I love to run. I run for fitness, I run for me time and I run to be social. But most of all I run to maintain a healthy mind. I knew this year would be challenging for myself and my family as I returned to full time work. However, instead of stressing about the stress I decided to set myself a goal that would make me get out there and run, even when I didn't feel like it. I knew without a goal I would find excuses. So, here it is. My goal for this year is to run the Blackmores Sydney Marathon. My first full marathon. Through the Sydney Running Festival I have chosen to raise money for Black Dog Institute and their 'Exercise Your Mood' program which encourages people to use exercise as part of a healthy wellbeing program. I know for me, exercise helps my body as well as the mind in so many ways. This is why I have decided that for every kilometre I run in my preparation for the Blackmores Sydney Marathon I will donate $1. I don't know how many kilometres I will do, I'm actually curious to see. So here I go, on my journey to Exercise my Mood.

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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