James will be running the London Marathon this year, helping to raise funds for Mind.
After suffering with anxiety and depression in 2015, James understands what it is like to live with mental health problems and wants to help support the work that Mind does. As well as helping to raise funds for Mind, he also plans to help raise awareness of mental and help end the stigma surrounding it.
“I applied for the 2018 Marathon last year and got a reply back at the end of October saying I was unsuccessful and that I will be put on the waiting list, 3 months to race day I’m informed that I now have a place running for the amazing mental health charity Mind, so I better start training!
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Having suffered for a period of depression and anxiety back in 2015 this is something I feel strongly about and having the chance to help support the incredible work of Mind to raise awareness of mental health and to remove the stigmatism attached to it will be something I will be very proud of!”
If you would like to help support James please visit his fundraising page here