Run & Talk

Running for our mental health


Physical activity and sport have a wide range of health benefits – for your mind as well as your body. The Clapham Pioneers are proud to be a part of #RunAndTalk. 

#RunAndTalk is an England Athletics initiative supported by Mind, the mental health charity, which aims to improve mental health through running in England by: 

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma 
  • providing support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems 
  • supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to run 

Mental Health Champions 

Mental Health Champions are a network of volunteers in England Athletics affiliated clubs promoting mental wellbeing through running and supporting the aims of #RunAndTalk. 

Our club’s Mental Health Champions are Anneka Dew and Cat Fuller. Their role is to:

  • Support #RunAndTalk campaigns
  • Provide crisis contacts for club members
  • Be a point of contact for anyone experiencing mental health problems in our club
  • Encourage and promote conversations about mental health
  • Make links with mental health organizations in the community 
  • Actively promote mental wellbeing and running

Please don’t hesitate to speak with Anneka or Cat about any of the above. 

#RunAndTalk events

  • Wednesday May 15th2019– A social and free organised run to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. The theme for 2019 is Body Image– how we think and feel about our bodies.
  • Monday July 8th2019 – A social and free organized run where the theme will be Men’s mental health.
  • Week of October 10th2019– A social and free organised run to coincide with World Mental Health Day (Date and theme TBC). 

Mental health problems

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 4 people in Britain, and range from common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

They do not discriminate – mental health problems affect people of all ages, genders, sexualities and ethnic groups. They do not care if you are rich, poor, successful, married or single– they really can affect any one of us. 

If you are experiencing mental health problems or need support, there are lots of places you can go for confidential, non-judgmental help: 

Organisation & ContactHow they can support
Samaritans Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: jo@samaritans.orgWebsite:
Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.  
Mind Infoline Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Web site: 
The Mind Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.  
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday) Email:
Rethink provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff . Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.  
Saneline Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.  
ChildLine Telephone: 0800 1111
Email: Website:  
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small.  
Elefriends Website: Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, and this is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Our “Being active” theme helps community members easily share and find content about being active, to motivate, inspire and support each other. To sign up you need an email address, username and to input your date of birth.