Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
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Thanks for getting this far! I have few things I'd like to share about my mental health story and how I come to sign up for a 21km run with little training. In true ridiculous Grant Bridge fashion, I have left things a 'little' late, it's what I like to think of as 'being spontaneous'. The truth is, I, like many others, am not always 'okay'. For me, dealing with anxiety and depression leads to a mental pathway of procrastination... feeling stuck with a glum outlook. This leads to a lot of last-minute decisions - being spontaneous! I have been in this position before and I know there is a way out. For me, exercise is an important part of that recovery, particularly running. It gets me outdoors exploring, breathing fresh air and helps free my mind from obstacles and perceived blockages. I have recently started to re-take the steps that are required to gain control of my mental state. This means for the past few weeks walking a few kilometres a day, and the occasional 5km run. In MAY I had a great idea. I'll run the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018 Half- Marathon. In August, I thought about it some more and started walking. This week, on Tuesday, I decided I 'might' do it. On Wednesday night I signed up. Sunday I will run 21.0975Km. Monday I will be sore, but satisfied. For the first time in my life, I will be running for a cause: The Black Dog Institute. Their work is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. But there is only so much I can do on my own. You can help too, by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! You can also support me by encouraging others to get involved, too. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media. Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help Black Dog Institute create the world we want to see.

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 2018

The 2018 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 16, 2018 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 2018.

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