The reason I am running London Marathon for Mind: “In late 2013 at the age of 25 I woke up in the middle of the night having a panic attack and it quickly spiralled into a period of extreme anxiety. I had periods in my teenage years where I had experienced similar symptoms, but it never got to the point where it was affecting my day to day life and I always managed to ‘shake it off’. This time it was different. I quickly started living in a cycle of fear of further attacks, and sleeping and eating became almost impossible. I constantly battled on for a year thinking I could get better without any help that it would disappear, but I was getting worse.
I called on MIND’s website and their resources one evening after admitting to myself that I was ill and needed support. At that point I was at the lowest in my life, I felt horrendous and I genuinely couldn’t ever imagine feeling better. I kept saying to myself that I had no reason to feel the way I did, but that’s the thing about mental health issues, they aren’t always logical.
I’ve continued to be as open as I can be about mental health, in the hope that it will help anyone who is struggling and challenge the stigma. To also give faith that you can get better, you can thrive in your life, you can get promoted and you can do anything that you want to do, even if that’s running a marathon."