Boost your mental health with first charity run

A mental health charity based on Westside is urging people to sign up for a festive fun run in support of mental ‘elf’.

Birmingham Mind, based at Quayside Tower in Broad Street, is looking for volunteers to take part in its first ever Mental Elf run in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, on Sunday 3 December.

Each participant in the 5k event will receive a goodie bag and medal on the day.

All proceeds from the festive fun run go to Birmingham Mind, which was founded in 1962 with the vision of better mental health for all.

Children under the age of five can take part for free, while there is a £10 charge for five to 16-year-olds, and £12 for adults aged 17 and over.

In addition, a family ticket made up of two adults and two children costs £38 to purchase, while groups of eight people, whether friends or work colleagues, can enter for £80.

Fundraising is not essential on the day but would clearly be welcomed.

A spokesperson for the Mental elf fun run said: “This is the very first time we have held this, so we are really excited. Hopefully we can grow it year on year and make it an event that Birmingham Mind becomes known for.

“So, whether you walk, jog, skip or run, get your elf fancy dress at the ready and sign up.”

Birmingham Mind said it works in active partnership with a range of local organisations to deliver services and “challenge the stigma that surrounds mental distress”.

It added that their services were individualised, person-centred and deliver valued outcomes, “as we passionately believe that everyone has the right to live lives that are meaningful and which enable them to reach their full potential as individuals.

“We have a well-earned reputation for excelling in our support and service quality and we play a key role in supporting and influencing the wider mental health system across our city.”

For further information about the Mental Elf 2023 fun run, including how to sign up to take part, please visit https://birminghammind.org/get-involved/mental-elf-2023/ or email: fundraising@birminghammind.org.

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