Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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I am taking part in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017 to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute. It has always been a goal of mine to run a marathon and thought it’ll be a great idea to run one and for a cause at the same time. With my dear friend Bao, we are hoping to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute which is an organisation that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and stigmas and to provide individuals with the chance to lead the most mentally healthy lives possible. Mental illness is more prevalent that what most people think, see or hear about. It was after my psychiatry rotation that I saw just how many major problems and obstacles there are for some people out there such as their ability to access treatment, to have insight into their conditions and the lack of support and help that they need. Running a marathon does not have a direct impact but I hope by doing this run, we can raise more awareness about mental health conditions, help others navigate and make more sense of the world they live in. If you have a dollar to spare or a little more to share, that’ll be great! However, if you aren’t able to, I hope this will encourage you to learn a little more about mental health, how we can show more support and a little more love to those you know (or don’t even!) who suffer from mental health conditions and also the importance of taking care of your own mental health :) Thankful for this chance to do something useful and a reason to #JustKeepRunning Thank you for your support :)

About my team: Just Keep Running

HELLO - We are Linda & Bao and we plan to #JustKeepRunning. We are raising funds for Black Dog Institute by participating in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017. The Black Dog Institute aims to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness through high quality research, clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions. We decided to start training for a marathon in June, in the midst of our psychiatry rotation. Psychiatry was an 8 week placement that was emotional, humbling, draining and rewarding all at once and it reminded us of the impact that mental illness can have on the lives of an individual and the people around them. In light of public discussions and significant attention placed on addressing mental health crises in the medical profession and wider society, we believe that there is no better time than now to draw attention to mental health and over the next couple of months, we hope to raise funds in support of the amazing work taking place at the Black Dog Institute. 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness in any year. Almost half of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Beyond statistics, an undeniable fact is that our lives have or will be touched and in some way shaped by mental illness - maybe through personal experience, or that of family and friends. This 42km is for all of you. We look forward to battling the kilometres and appreciate any donations or support at all. Whether it is an encouraging message or spare coffee change, from the bottom of our hearts - and soles - we thank you in advance for your time and generosity :) You can’t (quite) outrun mental illness, but we are proud to run for this cause.

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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