I'll be taking part in my third London Marathon this year on 3rd October, running in support of local mental health charity Dudley Mind on October 3rd.
Running gives me time and space to think about things and deal with the many mental ups and downs that come along. It has often allowed me to put difficult thoughts and feelings into perspective and given me the strength to push on in life and work. I would urge anyone to consider taking up running or any other form of activity or exercise to see how it can not only help your body, but your mind too.
Dudley Mind offers a peer support service across the Black Country, with opportunities for service users to talk about their difficulties or experiences with others who have been through similar. Groups include support for anxiety, depression and bipolar, as well as activity groups for walking, running, horticulture and hypnotherapy, and are based in a new hub at the Bushey Fields Hospital Estate in Dudley.
Mental health has long been an issue close to my heart and I was delighted to visit Dudley Mind at their new hub recently to meet with CEO Sandra Vaughan. They do incredible work to support local people, and services like these have been more needed than ever during the past year. I know that they will be grateful for all proceeds that are raised.
If you'd like to sponsor me, please visit my JustGiving page at James Morris MP is fundraising for Dudley Mind (justgiving.com)