During a one-week period in September we encourage people to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners. It’s a chance for people to talk about mental wellbeing, share experiences and help break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
How does it work?
We’ll be encouraging people to run one mile or further and have a chat during the week of the campaign. They can do this either with friends, family or colleagues at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group.
What counts as a run?
One mile or further, participants choose the distance and location that suits them. They don’t have to run the whole way; walking and jogging is allowed!
Organised runs are planned by England Athletics partners, affiliated clubs and RunTogether Groups. They are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach and most finish with an optional social element, so participants can go for a drink or something similar afterwards. Anyone of any running ability can join a run even if they’ve never run before and are not a member of that club or group.
Mental Health Champions
Some runs will have a volunteer Mental Health Champion(s) present. 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.
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part. Organised runs will however have a minimum age so participants will need to check the information for the run they wish to join.
Do people need to have a mental health problem to take part?
No, anyone can take part. 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year and running can help everyone’s mental wellbeing. We can all play a part in breaking down the stigma attached to mental health