Why I’m Running The London Marathon For Young People’s Mental Health
25 year-old Chloe is running the London Marathon this month in memory of her family friend, and to show young people they're not alone.
Chloe, 25, from Bexleyheath, is running the London Marathon this month in memory of her family friend, Jamie, who passed away in 2015 when he was just 16 years old.
Chloe said: “When Jamie died, it really affected me. He never spoke out about his mental health problems, and if he did, he might still be with us today. By running the marathon I hope to let young people know that they’re not alone, and that they should speak out if they’re struggling with their mental health.”
Chloe has also struggled with her own mental health and says that speaking out allowed her to find the help that she needed.
“I’ve suffered from mental health problems since I was 14, and as I’ve gotten older, it’s been quite up and down. Recently, I’ve been struggling with depression and panic attacks, but thankfully I find that running really helps to clear my head.”
So far, she’s already beaten her fundraising target of £1000, raising over £1100 so far for YoungMinds.
“I’m running for YoungMinds because I’m aware of all the great work they do to raise awareness for young people’s mental health and I want to support the work they do to reach and help more young people.”
One in eight young people in the UK have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more go through times where they struggle to cope. YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health, and ensuring that young people are empowered and supported through life, whatever challenges they face.
Emma Thomas, Chief Executive at YoungMinds said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Chloe for taking on the huge challenge of the marathon to fundraise for us and for bravely speaking out to encourage young people to seek help if they’re struggling.
“Young people are under huge pressures, and if their mental health begins to deteriorate, it can be far too hard to get the right support. That’s why we’ve been campaigning for a new era for mental health support for young people, as well ensuring wellbeing is made a focus of the education system. Chloe’s generous support will help us continue our fight for children and young people’s mental health.”
Chloe’s fundraising page is still taking donations. Please visit her Just Giving page to contribute and show your support.