The ‘Black Dog’ has long been used as a metaphor for depression and other forms of mental ill-health. Over a quarter of students at UK universities are living with a Black Dog of their own. However, as many as half will never disclose this to their university and thus may miss out on vital support resources.
To shine a light on these issues and to promote the benefits of running for mental wellbeing, King’s Athletics are hosting a one-off 5K run called Outrun the Black Dog.
King’s Athletics hope to champion the benefits of running for mental wellbeing, while making members of the university community aware of the mental health support services available to them.
Research has consistently shown that exercise can be just as effective at reducing depressive symptoms as antidepressants, as well as improving mood, self-esteem and cognitive ability. Yet many of us fail to participate in sufficient levels of exercise.
On Monday 23rd October 2017, the run will be open to all London students and university staff. The run will be led by experienced run leaders from King’s Athletics.
The event is suitable for novice and experienced runners.
Project coordinator and King’s Athletics’ Social Running Captain, Matt Faires said, “King’s Athletics want to show a united front on student mental health and as an issue that extends way beyond our own university community. Support networks in maintaining mental wellbeing is invaluable and we hope to show out support by opening this evening up to all students.”
Where to meet: Stamford Street Apartments, SE1 9NH.
When to meet: Monday 23rd October 6:30.
Facebook event here.