Local parkrun to focus on mental health awareness and suicide prevention

Local mental health services are teaming up with parkrun throughout the summer to help raise awareness around mental health, stamp out stigma and share information about suicide prevention. 

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability healthcare to people of all ages across Sussex, is teaming up with parkrun - which organise free, weekly timed 5K runs at locations all around the world – at various local events across Sussex between June and September 2019.

Staff from Sussex Partnership will be attending a number of parkruns, from Horsham to Hastings, to shine the light on mental health and suicide prevention with an aim to continue the conversation about the Trust’s Suicide Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) and Say Hello campaign, which raises awareness about the importance of talking about mental health issues and promotes suicide awareness. 

Karen Hoskin, East Sussex Care Delivery Service Deputy Director, said: “We first teamed up with parkrun at the beginning of February this year. We had such a success promoting suicide awareness that we have teamed up with parkrun again at various locations across Sussex between June and September. We know there are many benefits of running/ walking/volunteering and research has shown the impact parkrun can have on your mental health. 

“We aim to attend parkrun to share information promote awareness and share resources and we would love you to be involved. So if you are a regular parkrunner or a first timer wanting to give it a go, sign up for free or come along and show your support on the day.” 

Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said: 

“Whether you want to walk, run, volunteer or simply come down and watch, parkrun events give people the opportunity to be active, in the open air and feel part of a welcoming, non-judgemental community. Time and time again we hear stories of how parkrun has helped people from all walks of life cope with mental health issues, and we are pleased to team up with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide, and the resources that are available within the community.” 

Join us at one or all of these parkrun locations and help promote suicide awareness:

Register with parkrun: www.parkrun.org.uk/register

21 September 2019

Tilgate, West Sussex: www.parkrun.org.uk/tilgate (cancelled)

Please note: we will be adding more dates soon!