With the London Marathon just days away, many are wondering what the links are between the race and raising mental health awareness.
Many runners often run in sponsorship with a charity of their choice in order to raise money for that cause, and amongst those many choose to run with Mind, the mental health charity.
The charity Mind offer training advice and dedicated help for their runners, regardless of their experience, and hope to support those running for their cause.
They also encourage others to join them on marathon day to cheer for their team, all 660 runners. The cheering locations are Surrey Dock’s Pub (9am-1pm), The Highway, Shadwell Tube Station (9.30am-1.30pm) or Embankment Tube Station (11am-4pm).
Running the marathon has become synonymous with raising money for a cause, and a high percentage of those are charities that represent and focus on mental health issues.
This has been explored through the new BBC One show Mind Over Marathon, that shows those who were inspired by overcoming mental health issues to attempt the 26 mile run.
Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton made an appearance in order to promote their mental health charity, Heads Together.
Prince William said: “We want to reduce the stigma”, Prince William said. “We want people to talk about mental health like it is perfectly normal.”
This comes after 10 clips were released by Heads Together promoting their #OkToSay campaign, including a FaceTime call between the Duke of Cambridge and Lady Gaga and also after Prince Harry’s revelations over coping with the death of his mother Diana.