RunAndTalk on loneliness and isolation at Catton Park this Saturday
Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:15
Catton Park parkrun will play host to a RunAndTalk event this weekend as runners are encouraged to speak to dedicated volunteers about their own mental health issues before or after they finish their 5k run. The event has been organised to support people suffering with loneliness and isolation, which can hit people especially hard during the Christmas period.
The RunAndTalk team will have a gazebo on site for people to convene under and talk informally and confidentially to volunteers. The initiative aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and how running can be a catalyst for positive change in a person's wellbeing.
The RunAndTalk programme has been coordinated by England Athletics, which has sought to place mental health champions in running clubs all over the country. Mental Health Champion for Norwich Road Runners, Dave Thomas, has coordinated this event and, as a keen runner himself, will be on hand to provide positive reinforcement for anyone who might be interested in discussing any mental health issues they might have with someone keen to listen.
He said: "We'll have our gazebo up at Catton parkrun this weekend for anyone who wants to come along and talk to us to get something off their chest. I've seen first-hand how much of a difference running can make to someone's mental and physical health and we just want to make people aware that there are people out there who are interested in their mental wellbeing and who want to help when things get tough."
Parkrun takes place at Catton Park in Norwich at 9am - the RunAndTalk event will run between 8am and 10am.
Find out more about England Athletics' RunAndTalk initiative here - https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/our-programmes/runandtalk/