Supporter Stephen Fruzynski shares his experience of taking part in the SAMH Firewalk.
Over the past year I have been taking on various events to motivate and help my own mental health. After I had completed my first ever run I was completely hooked. The lift I got from completing just one short run made me hungry for more.
After I opened up about my mental health, the support that I gained from friends and family was amazing. This pushed me on to do more. Late last year I wanted to have fun but raise money for something that was close to home. I was introduced to SAMH by a few friends who had had support from this amazing team so I jumped at the chance to get involved.
After meeting the great team they asked if I’d like to try a firewalk; and again I jumped at the opportunity.
On the day of the event, the drive through was really nerve wracking! I was on my own, I had never met anyone there and I was (as usual) running late. When I eventually got there I was met by the SAMH team and straight away I felt at ease. I was welcomed in, given a t-shirt, and sat chatting away to some of the guys who were just as nervous as me.
Then Karen came in. Karen was running the firewalk and she was fantastic! We had an absolutely blast with her. I won’t give too much away, but all you need for the warm up class is a willingness to take part. Even if you don’t you soon will, as everyone else around you is doing exactly the same as what you will be doing.
The exercises that Karen taught us weren’t just fun but a great lesson on how to motivate yourself. By the second exercise I felt right at home and really relaxed about the walk.
When it was time to head out onto the streets of Glasgow I felt really pumped and couldn’t wait to do the walk. Whilst waiting each and every member of the team are encouraging you on and cheering louder than the busy crowd that had formed around the fire!
I was up about 5th. I felt the nerves a little but after shouting my name and telling Karen I was ready I was away. In no time at all you are over the carpet of embers. What a buzz! You really want to do it again! The experience was great and carpet is the best way to describe it. When your feet are pressing down it was honestly like standing on a brand new soft carpet. It wasn’t hot, it did not burn me, and it was such a strange feeling!
After we all completed the walk we headed back in for far too much coffee and cake and chatted away about our experiences. It was weird because when I was arriving I was so nervous but by the end I felt like I had known the team for months. It was a 10 out of 10 experience for me, and a10 out of 10 for the SAMH team’s efforts on running such an amazing event! Well done team!
If you feel inspired and would like to take part in the next SAMH Firewalk on Thursday 10th September 2015 email firstname.lastname@example.org