Running my first Ever Charity Run :) – OurWarwick

Running my first Ever Charity Run :)

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Maya Surprenant | Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement Contact Maya

So not only was yesterday National University Mental Health Day, but this month is also big for me in representing mental health among students.

Mental Health has never been something I thought about in a lot of depth. Until coming to Uni, I didn’t really realise that some of the things I had gone through when I was younger actually impacted me mentally. I was really good at brushing everything off, bottling it up, and just ignoring the negatives altogether. Coming to university I had a whole new level of responsibility added to my life, and one day I just broke down. I wasn’t sure why, but in one moment it felt like all of the stress and worry that had been building up for years just flooded out of me. From that moment, I told myself that it was okay. It was okay to accept that things aren’t always 100% perfect. Bad things happen in life, and it’s okay to cry about them, to feel anxious, to be sad or angry, and uncomfortable.

Coming to Uni really helped me open up, and it may sound a bit counter-intuitive, but the extra stress helped me come to terms with being okay. I still try and keep as positive as possible, but I’m no longer ashamed or worried to feel down sometimes because I know that it’s okay.

With all that said, to get on to the title of this blog, Mind Charity is doing an event this month to raise money and awareness for mental health at University. I signed up. So now I am running 27 miles in 27 days to represent the 27% of students who reported a mental health problem. This is a lot of people, and it isn’t even all of them. So many people do what I did for so many years and just don’t say anything. I am running at least 1 mile every single day to support everyone out there who is struggling to keep up their mental health, especially this year.

It hasn’t been an easy year, hat’s for sure, and it isn’t always easy to find the bright side. You can only feel good about the ‘healthy’ routine you’ve got for so many days before your mind needs a slight change in direction. For some people this year has been easier than for others, but regardless we’ve all woken up at some point and said ‘I wish this was over.’

If you are struggling with any sort of issue with your mental health, and you’re reading this, please please please reach out to someone. It can do so much for you, just being able to tell someone the small insignificant things about your day, and it is so helpful.

On that note, I just wanted to share my little story 🙂 I will be vlogging about the running experience at the end of the month as well, so stay tuned!

If anyone is interested or can, here is the link to my fundraiser page for the charity run. You can watch me run, and if you’re feeling it, join in too! I am running to represent Warwick, and show that everyone out there has support, even the tiniest bit from me 🙂

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Maya Surprenant | Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement Contact Maya

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