Our inspirational London Marathon runner Cat shares her personal story
Another one of our inspirational marathon runners Cat shares her personal story.
I chose to represent YoungMinds as the mental health of young people is something which is very close to my heart. My daughter, Grace was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in October 2014 at the age of twelve and had to give up school for a while as she recovered and became isolated and depressed. Therefore I was always very keen to raise some funds for a mental health charity.
My daughter began self-harming and had suicidal thoughts which resulted in her being admitted to an adolescent unit. Thankfully she was discharged after 9 weeks and was able to go back to school part-time.
It has been a difficult transition back into school as she still has lots of unresolved issues, but she is a fighter and is determined to get better.
From speaking about our experience it has also shocked me how many people I know have told me about their own experiences with mental health problems. I worry about the mental health of the young generation now as I feel that too much pressure is put on them, especially by social media.
In preparation I joined a running club nearly two years ago which has been fantastic as I have met so many like-minded people who are very supportive. I have been doing my long runs with other members of the club as it is great for motivation and reduces the boredom!
Many of my family and friends are aware of the difficulties Grace has faced so are keen to sponsor me. My husband's parents are also fantastic at fundraising so I will be involving them in the run up to the event to help me arrange a fun, fundraising event!