I am doing the Great North Run in September for Mind, a mental health charity.
My story: I am 22 year old graduate, who has been struggling with GAD since I was 14 years old. I ended up having a break down when I was 18 and not being able to even walk to the toilet and needed 24 hour care. I felt so alone. After a long wait I got on to NHS Counselling. I walked in to the surgery that day, told my counselor everything that was bothering me, walked and out and said to myself 'that is enough,this ends here'. Since then I have not looked back.
As we know though, once you have unlocked a mental health issue, it is difficult to ever forget it. I was left with slight agoraphobia, which makes it difficult to stand at open bus stops, go for long walks, and has stopped me running.
I am going to defeat my anxiety by running on behalf of MIND, the 13 miles of the great North Run to defeat my agoraphobia. Allowing me to overcome and put behind me that last part of anxiety, and as a result the past that has haunted me for such a long time.
In order to run on behalf of mind I need to have raised £300. I am hoping to create awareness for those struggling with anxiety in my fundraising. If you have any stories you would like to share with me, or any thoughts on what I should be saying then feel free to get in touch! I will be making a powerpoint presentation and putting up case stories on my just giving page!