Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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Sunday September 17 I am running in the Blackmores Half Marathon. While I have always been a runner - you may know from #Elite snaps or my high five posts - until this year I had not been on a run longer than 6km I am raising money and awareness for The Black dog Institute. In recent times I have had a few friends say that haven’t been feeling right. Whether its a new anxiety, depression or just generally being down, it seems to be on the increase. And that’s ok. We’re human and we’re allowed to get down. However, I am sure there many more suffering in silence So I ask my friends two things: - Firstly to donate a small amount. If only 10% of my Facebook friends list pitch in $10 (the price of a beer or two depending where you are) we’ll raise over $1000. - Secondly is to spend another $10 on a beer with your friend. The chat you have over that beer (or coffee) can be invaluable. Ask your friend how they’re doing. And more importantly, if you are feeling a bit under it, then I ask you to ask your friend for a beer. Speak out. There is always help If you’re in Sydney that day I’ll see you for a beer afterwards.

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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