Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
Leigh runs good for some good

Leigh runs good for some good 

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More than one in seven young people are currently experiencing mental health issues and everyone knows someone who has needed help. I'm running the half marathon to raise money for The Black Dog Institute, who do amazing work in this space. Mental health and sexuality are topics people really struggle to talk about. Breaking down these taboos and opening up to each other gives hope to people going through really difficult times. I've been very lucky with the love and support of family and friends, but wonderful people like The Black Dog Institute do amazing things and need our help. This is a tough year for many people, so please give them some financial love. I'm a pretty crappy runner with a history of asthma and shitty mental health. It'd be awesome if I could: a) finish the race b) finish the race in under two hours!! (lol m8) The more you give, the faster I run* Please chip in a few dollars or share the donation page to the most bourgeois people you can find ;-) *This is a lie.

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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