Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.  This can range from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Mental health doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about your age, gender, sexuality or ethnic group. It doesn’t care if you’re rich, poor, successful, married or single. It can affect anyone at any time.

Running can be invaluable in the fight against poor mental health.


We’re proud to be part of England Athletic’s #RunAndTalk initiative.

We want to help remove the stigma of mental health and encourage people to manage their mental health through running.

Supported by Mind, find out more about #RunAndTalk in the video below.

Mental Health Champions 

Mental Health Champions are a network of volunteers promoting mental wellbeing through running and supporting the aims of #RunAndTalk

Our Mental Health Champions have some experience or understanding of mental health difficulties and are keen to encourage people to use running as a way of managing and improving their mental health, as well as talking about it to break down any stigma attached to mental health.

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

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

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

Further Support

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

Organisation & ContactHow they can support
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental 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)
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)
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.  
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.  
Telephone: 0800 1111
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 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. Its “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.