Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
Kelly Lee runs for Depression

Kelly Lee runs for Depression 

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My Story

After I gave birth to my second child, depression hit! I wanted to hurt myself and detach from my children, but who do you tell about these feelings? They’re going to judge me; they’re going to think I’m a bad mother; they’re going to think I’m weak. Depression is a f@#$ing b@$tard and it does not discriminate. It can affect anyone and once it gets you it doesn’t go away. But if we can lift the stigma that is attached to mental health and let people know that they’re not the only one, they’re not alone and that they have done nothing wrong, then the feeling of shame may be lessened. When I was at my lowest point, I wanted to end it all. It wasn’t a doctor who saved me but a phone call from a friend. My thought process was, my baby is asleep and hubby is taking our older one out, now would be the time to put an end to my pain and struggles. And then my phone rang, answering that call saved my life and subsequently my families’ lives, and so I started the slow and tiresome progress to seeking help. I’m not going to pretend that it just goes away. I still hide on the floor under my bed if I’m not coping with the kids, but that’s ok, because when I wake up the next day I’m still here fighting to push through the shit. Depression is real-life, but it’s not my life. I’ve rediscovered my love of bushwalking; I have a great job and I’m one of the most courageous people I know. I’ve started to like myself again. That’s why I’m running to support this amazing cause, in hope that someone will read my story and know that they’re not alone and that you can get through it. Thank you for your support, love Kelly xXx

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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