Join us to raise mental health awareness with the University of Bedfordshire on the 3rd of May 2020.
Whether you want to run for fun, walk the route, or aim for your new personal best – the University of Bedfordshire invites students, staff members, and members of the public, along with friends and families to take part in the day in any way they wish.
In January 2019, Our Minds Matter Chair of Trustees Jolel Miah a PhD student and Tass Hussain a University of Bedfordshire staff member through one of their conversations about mental health wellbeing and running became the co-founders of the first-ever University of Bedfordshire charity run, which was then subsequently brought to and approved by the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group.
Every year 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem, one answer is using services available to help provide brief intervention, but another answer is to prevent it from the outset through education. Awareness through education can help reduce stigma and discrimination of mental illness and encourage people to seek support. We can all play a part in looking after our own wellbeing, just like we do with our physical health.
According to the Mental Health Foundation
'Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our mental and physical wellbeing. Even a short brisk walking for 10 minutes increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in helping to prevent the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life for those suffering from mental health problems.'
Taking part in the university of Bedfordshire running festival will create an environment for all in attendance to have a conversation openly and freely without stigma about mental health wellbeing. Our chosen charity for this year’s run will be our own local mental health charity Our Minds Matter. All donations to the charity will help train several or so Mental Health First Aiders to help support an even greater number of people within the community experiencing mental health problems. All runners will receive a medal which has been specially designed by a University of Bedfordshire Art and Design student. The medal designed depicts self-care, which is a prominent strategy in building resilience and maintaining mental health wellbeing.
Race day timings
8:00am to 9:00am – Registration open
9:30am – 5K start time
9:45am – 10K start time
11:30am – Award ceremony
Putteridge Bury Conference Centre