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Dagenham 88 support mental health run and talk

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:18 11 October 2018

Dagenham 88 runners pose for the camera (Pic: Dagenham 88s)

Dagenham 88 runners pose for the camera (Pic: Dagenham 88s)

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Dagenham 88 Runners are pleased to now be involved in England Athletics #runandtalk campaign with a focus on raising awareness of mental wellbeing.

Louise Chappell, Lynne Northcott and Rosina Salmon have recently been appointed as Mental Health champions for the club and are inviting anyone to attend a #runandtalk event tonight in honour of World Mental Day.

Running can help with well being, with GPs now encouraging people to attend parkrun, a free running event taking place all over the UK each Saturday morning.

Parkrun has particularly proven useful for individuals presenting with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Northcott said: “Five years ago I was prescribed medication for stress-related high blood pressure.

“I started running and joined Dagenham 88 and attended parkrun. I feel so much happier and positive and no longer need the medication. Being around such positive people has been life changing for me.

“What’s good for the body is good for the mind. Running is a great way to relieve stress and improve ones mood.

“You don’t need to have a mental health problem to come along. Everyone is welcome. Soft drinks and cake will be provided after a short walk or jog or run up to two miles. Please come along and join in.”

Salmon added: “I joined the D88 first step programme in 2015, completing the 12-week programme to run 5k and am so glad I did.

“I did it initially to lose weight, but it’s so much more than that now. I’ve made many new friends and have completed lots of different races and over 80 parkruns.

“Running is definitely good for the mind as well as body and running with the club means you’ll always have someone to run and talk with.”

The meet up is at May & Bakers at 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday).

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