10th October 2016 is World Mental Health Day. England Athletics are supporting this with a week long #runandtalk campaign.

The campaign is encouraging people to run a mile or more with friends, family, colleagues or other runners and chat as you go!

It’s about:

Getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma.

We’ve probably all shared our experiences of the awful cold, or man-flu, we had last winter but would we share the fact that sometimes we can feel depressed or anxious?

Raising awareness of mental health problems.

Mental health problems are more common than people think with about one in four experiencing one each year.

Supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active.

We all know the physical benefits of being active and there is lots of evidence to show that it improves our mental wellbeing too.

Being mentally healthy is just as important as being physically healthy and the good news you can combine the two by heading out with a friend for a trot round the park in the autumn sunshine.