#RunAndTalk 2019

During the week of 23-29 September 2019 England Athletics, supported by Mind – the mental health charity, is encouraging people to #RunAndTalk. The #RunAndTalk campaign aims to improve mental wellbeing through running whilst also breaking down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking. 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year1 and running can help everyone’s mental wellbeing. We can all play a part in breaking down the stigma attached to mental health – that’s why the 2019 #RunAndTalk campaign aims to support mental health through running for everyone. It’s amazing how much better people can feel after having the chance to #RunAndTalk.

This year, #RunAndTalk is placing a specific focus on men’s mental health as research shows that men are less likely than women to report severe symptoms of common mental health problems (10% of women report severe symptoms compared to only 6% of men) 2. In addition, suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 20-34, and the biggest killer of men under the age of 50.3

Through a digital campaign, we’ll be encouraging everyone to take the men in their lives – maybe a partner, dad, brother, son or friend – and run one mile or further while having a chat during the 23-29 September. People can easily take part either by running with partners, friends, family or colleagues at a time and location of their choice, or by joining one of the organised #RunAndTalk runs at an England Athletics club, RunTogether group or other organisation.

Organised runs are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach (or teacher if at a school) and most finish with an optional social element, so participants can go for a drink or continue chatting after the run. Anyone of any running ability can join a #RunAndTalk run even if they’ve never run before and are not a member of that club or group. Also, whilst we might be placing a focus on men’s mental health in 2019, it’s both women and men that can take part and benefit. Organised runs may have specific age ranges from 12+ so participants will need to check the information for the run they wish to join.

Some #RunAndTalk runs will have a volunteer Mental Health Champion joining in. All our friendly Champions have lived experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.

How can you get involved and when?

  • Individuals can search for and book onto an organised run from 27 August at www.runandtalk.co.uk.
  • England Athletics partners, affiliated clubs, RunTogether groups and other organisations with a UKA qualified leader or coach can register their organised run from 1 August for people to take part in. This can be a regular club/group run or you can organise a specific one. All organised runs must take place during 23-29 September. For details on how to register your run, click here to read the #RunAndTalk Organised Run Information (PDF 160kB).
  • Groups of friends/family/colleagues can organise their own runs to take place during 23-29 September. They won’t be listed on the event page for the general public to join but you can join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag and social media handles listed below.
  • Everyone can share information about #RunAndTalk on social media to encourage people to take part from 27 August using
    #RunAndTalk and @EnglandAthletic (Twitter)
    @EnglandAthletics (Facebook & Instagram)
    @RunTogether_ (Twitter & Instagram)
    or @RunTogetherSocial (Facebook)

Promoting your run:

  • You can access a range of promotional assets to help you plan ahead, join in and promote your run from 27 August. These assets include a poster, press release and social media memes and copy. These are available via the England Athletics MarketingHub and RunTogether Print Cloud. Click here for more details on how to access the assets. (PDF 160kB)
  • For more information about the #RunAndTalk campaign contact disability@englandathletics.org


Statistical Sources:

1 NHS Digital, Mental Health & Wellbeing in England, Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007 http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/psychiatricmorbidity07

2 NHS Digital, Mental Health & Wellbeing in England, Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014 http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748

3 Office for National Statistics (2017) Suicides in Great Britain: 2016 registrations https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/su icidesintheunitedkingdom/2016registrations