RunTogether supporting mental health

RunTogether by the very nature of our values and what we are all about – supportive, being together, safe, inclusive – has for quite some time supported people’s mental health.

  • We have developed a number of initiatives to support people as a social and participation based group running programme.
  • We work with specialists in the field of mental of health such as Mind and Believe Perform.
  • We provide resources that are free to access anytime and without obligation.

Mental Health First Aid courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. 

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. 

Book a course on the Mental Health First Aid website

Our Wellbeing Countdown Calendar

At a time when for many of us our mental health is a daily challenge, RunTogether is sharing a Wellbeing Countdown Calendar.

The calendar has 31 days but you can start this countdown on any day. So join us in this 31-day challenge, which is all about looking after your wellbeing and finding things to smile about!


Our own mental health programmes

#RunAndTalk and Mental Health Champions

Our #RunAndTalk programme aims to improve mental health through running in England. Supported by Mind, the mental health charity, we want to:

  • get people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • provide support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems
  • support 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.

Find out more about our #RunAndTalk programme


As part of the #RunAndTalk programme we aim to establish a network of volunteer Mental Health Champions and Ambassadors to:

  • promote mental wellbeing through running by supporting the aims of #RunAndTalk.
  • work with their club/group to support its members to improve their mental health through running.
  • support new people who are experiencing mental health problems to start running, get back into running, or continue running.

Helping 16 to 25 year olds to #RunAndRevise

The #RunAndRevise campaign, from England Athletics and supported by Mind the mental health charity, encourages students aged 16-18 at school, or aged 18-25 at college or university, to take a break from revision, relieve exam stress and improve their mental wellbeing through running.

Find out more about #RunAndRevise


Mental health resources

Need help?

If you, or anyone in your group, are experiencing mental health problems or need support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.

Access a list of contact details for organisations who can help and support you