University students across the country are raising money for a nationwide mental health charity in a bid to support other students struggling with their mental health.
UK charity, Mind, is challenging students to run 27 miles over 27 days to raise money and awareness for the 27 per cent of students who experience mental health struggles whilst studying.
The number of university students reporting a mental health problem is five times greater today than it was 10 years ago, with three times the amount of students now dropping out of university.
Diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder while at uni, Alexis found that exercise helped with her mental wellbeing. Now she's encouraging other students to get involved in our 27 27 running challenge, and raise awareness for better mental health. > https://t.co/qODbuOiNKG pic.twitter.com/RjLpOtYeTH
— Mind (@MindCharity) February 17, 2020
Meg Bradley, aged 24, an occupational therapy student at the University of Derby, is taking part in the challenge.
She said: “After hearing about the 27 27 challenge through my friend, I was thoroughly motivated to join in.
“I am currently in my first year and understand how difficult university can be, especially on your mental health.
“Unfortunately, not everyone speaks up about their mental health and this challenge will hopefully raise awareness of that.”
Experienced runner or a first-timer, Mind is encouraging people to complete the 27 miles in whatever way feels most comfortable.
It can be done in your own time, at your own pace, alone or as a group.
They are offering support packages to runners including a contact at Mind who is on hand to answer any questions, a bespoke 27 27 t-shirt and a medal for those who raise over £27.