I wouldn't have pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone if it hadn't been for wanting to support the Trust. Matthew Elvidge was the younger brother of my university friend, Doug. Matthew was a bright, energetic and caring young man, who had everything to live for and yet, aged 23, he took his own life after a very short period of depression. His family wanted to help others who are, or may be, in a similar situation and so decided to set up the Matthew Elvidge Trust.
The objectives of the Trust are:
- to increase the awareness of depression, its signs and behaviours that may lead to suicide in young people
- to equip and train people, who are best placed to identify those at risk from depression
- to encourage and help young people, who are suffering from depression to seek professional help in the form of counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
- to reduce the stigma of depression
A few words about the mani - I used a base of OPI Incognito in Sausalito with Butter London Scouse over the top. I used the striper brush from the white Rio Nail Art Pen to do all the white writing and silhouette. Excuse the slightly grubby cuticles, I had to redo a couple of the nails twice because that silhouette is not easy to get right!
Running has truly become a big part of my life now - it's safe to say I am completely addicted and can't remember a time when I hated exercise. If you've never run before, go and have a go - sign up for something like a 5k and work towards that as a goal. Give yourself time and make sure you're following a sensible training plan (there are some great couch to 5k plans around, including an NHS podcast one) - or push yourself a bit further and do a 10k! Not only will you feel physically fitter, but mentally too.
About 150 people ran for The Matthew Elvidge Trust on the day
Finisher! (I was not expecting to have to wear shorts...)
If, having read this, you'd like to support the fantastic work the Trust does, here is my Virgin Money Giving page.