Is running good for my mental health?

May 2022

*Spoiler Alert* Yes! Running can be great for our mental health!

May is Mental Health Awareness month and, to recognise the importance of the work that Team Totally Runable do around all forms of health and wellbeing, we have lots going on this month.

First up we’ll be sharing a special bonus edition of the See Sporty Be Sporty Podcast. Host Natalie Jackson talks to running and health guru, former GP Dr Juliet McGrattan about all the ways that running can help our mental health. Check it out from this Friday 13th May at 8am by searching See Sporty Be Sporty wherever you get your podcasts or access the latest episode here.

Next up, we are partnering with our friends at Barnsley College to host a Mental Health Awareness Colour Run for girls age 10-11. We’ll be celebrating all the positive mental health benefits that exercise can bring with 150 girls from 10 primary schools and over 30 Barnsley College student role models. Look out for the photos on our twitter page @TotallyRunable.

Totally Runable is committed to continued building of awareness around positive mental health. Our trainer team have always benefitted from regular training including physical first aid training as well as safeguarding training. From September 2022, with thanks to support from Barnsley Council’s Moving Mental Health Forward project and the fabulous CHILYPEP (Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project), this training programme will also include our entire school trainer team completing Mental Health First Aid training.

In the UK, the Mental Health Foundation’s statistics show that 1 in 4 adults feel lonely some or all of the time, and that 1 in 5 of us hide our feelings of loneliness from others. The impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns has been hard to ignore in recent times, but there are things we can do for ourselves and others. For more information and signposting to organisations offering mental health support go to the Mental Health Foundation’s website here.

You can find out more about Dr Juliet McGrattan and get information about the Samaritans who can also offer mental health support in our podcast show notes here.