The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is one of the biggest running events in Scotland, and each year SAMH’s presence has grown and grown. This year seventy-one runners pounded the pavement to complete one of the five events. Together they have raised more than £27,000 so far – an incredible amount which will allow SAMH to deliver life-changing solutions, more opportunities and better mental health for more people. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part – you should be very proud of your achievements, we know we are.
Many of our EMF runners have their own stories and reasons for taking on the challenge. Daniel Jones shared his story with us.
“I decided to run the Edinburgh Half Marathon this year to raise money for SAMH, having already done so as part of the Team Relay in 2014, because mental health problems touched both me and my immediate family. From my early 20s, I experienced years of high anxiety which then turned into depression, and my brother experienced depression after a severe accident which left him bed-bound for months.
“I talk so candidly about my journey because I think it’s important for everyone who has gone through the same sorts of problems to do so, as each conversation we have about the subject chips away at the block of the stigma around mental ill health, and helps everyone realise that those suffering mental health problems are no different from anyone else.
I am proof that mental ill health can be experienced and recovered from, and I wanted to run this race to raise money for SAMH to help it in its work of encouraging good mental health throughout Scotland, so that everyone who experiences problems in their mental health can return to a good quality of life again as soon as possible afterwards.
One other reason why I decided to run was that I love running, and the training in the lead-up to, and the race itself, had such a positive impact on my own mental well-being. SAMH have previously demonstrated the benefit of sport and physical activity towards an individual’s health, and I found that having a goal to focus on the race, adapting my diet to train myself to be as prepared as possible, and getting the range of positive endorphins flowing that running brings with it and my heart pumping as I trained really helped me to be and stay mentally healthy.
I can’t emphasise enough the good that any form of sport and physical activity can do for your mental well-being, so I would encourage everyone to look after their mental health by being active, whether that’s going for a walk, playing football, or taking on the next running challenge, as I’m planning to do – on to the full Edinburgh Marathon next year now!”
Feel inspired? You can join Daniel and Team SAMH at next year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Sign up for the 5K, 10K, Team Relay, Half or Full Marathon today!