RUNNERS who took part in the Edinburgh Men’s 10K to raise funds for Health in Mind are hoping their efforts will inspire others to sign up for future running events in aid of the Scottish mental health charity.
The 13th event took place on Sunday 6 November and continues to be an important focal point for raising awareness of men’s health issues.
Health in Mind delivers a variety of services to support mental health and wellbeing which include trauma counselling, guided self-help, befriending to support people recovering from mental ill-health and counselling for survivors of childhood abuse.
The charity also delivers the Men’s SHARE (Suicide, Harm, Awareness, Recovery and Empathy) Project in Midlothian.
John Murphy is the Men’s SHARE project worker and he believes the Men’s 10K is important in helping to raise some of the issues that can affect men.
“Many men struggle to admit they have problems and need support.
“Sport offers a comfortable space for guys to get together and can reduce isolation and promote a sense of belonging which can and does save lives,” said John.
Colin Mills was one of the runners who took part in the Edinburgh Men’s 10K and he was delighted to have smashed his original fundraising target by over 100 per cent.
Colin commented: “I was really pleased to beat my personal best in the run and also raise so much for Health in Mind.”
Feeling inspired? You can sign up for next year’s Men’s 10K challenge on Sunday 5 November or check out the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on 28 and 28 May or contact Lynne Stanford on 0131 225 8508 or email Lynne@health-in-mind.org.uk.
For further information contact Doreen Graham, Health in Mind communications manager on 0131 243 0137 or Lynne Stanford on 0131 225 8508.
Notes for editors:
Health in Mind is a Scottish charity with almost 35 years’ experience delivering specialist mental health and wellbeing services including support services; talking therapies; information and a range of self-management and preventative services.
Last year, our 120 staff and 298 volunteers supported over 3,000 people and we are accredited with both Investors in People and Investors in Volunteers.
Our services include Guided Self Help (cognitive behavioural therapy), counselling and trauma counselling, information, befriending, suicide and substance misuse prevention.
Health in Mind training courses are all about developing knowledge, skills, confidence and understanding about mental health and other areas of interest. Our training programme offers over 22 courses which can be tailored and delivered in-house to companies and organisations.
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