Mental Health

Mental Health

Sawtry Walk To Run fully support England Athletic’s #runandtalk initiative which is supported by Mind, the mental health charity, and 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.

We have appointed 3 Mental Health Champions whose role is:

  • Support #runandtalk campaigns and register an organised run for each event
  • Provide crisis contacts to their club/group
  • Be a point of contact for anyone experiencing mental health problems to join the club/group
  • Encourage and promote conversations about mental health
  • Make links with mental health organisations in the community
  • Actively promote mental wellbeing and running


Our Champions are Gemma, Jonathan and Alexandra (pictured above) and all have experience of a mental health problem, either personally or from a close relative or friend or through work. They all have an open and non-judgmental attitude and a positive, patient and supportive approach towards supporting people with mental health problems.

You can talk to any of them on one of the Club Nights or email them at which is monitored by all three Champions. All discussions will be  professional, confidential and non-discriminatory.