Isabel Thottam wrote -
Last year I ran the Boston Marathon to raise awareness of suicide prevention for Samaritans Inc., a Boston-based suicide prevention helpline. Though I will not be running 26.2 miles again this year, I've decided to continue running races in support of mental health issues because I think it's the perfect way to show how one can empower themselves to overcome depression.
This year I have the incredible opportunity of supporting the To Write Love On Her Arms "Run For It" 5K mental health race with my start-up organization, Hold On Another Day. I have been in love with this organization for a few years and found hope in their words and stories when I was suffering from depression in high school. Organizations like TWLOHA were some of the people who inspired me initially to want to spend my life dedicated to helping mental health issues.
I will never forget running the Boston Marathon simply because of how mentally prepared I was for that race. I didn't run it in the time I wanted and it was so hot that everyone was warning first-time marathoners to drop out. I decided to run anyway because I knew I was mentally prepared and capable to do it. It was the longest five hours and twenty six miles of my life. I had good moments and bad moments. My ipod helped me get through it and when it died, the cheers and high fives from the crowded streets of Boston kept me moving. It's the same thing with depression and overcoming mental illness - it's a long, drawn out struggle and you have your ups and downs but when you build up that mental capacity, nothing can stop you. Not the 90 degree heat beating down your back; not the voice in year head saying it's time to quit; and especially not the people who tell you you're never going to make it.
In April, I am going to run the TWLOHA 5K and I'm going to do everything and anything to get myself there. I wanted to reach out to all my friends and families who supported my running efforts last year in case you wanted to do so again.
I believe that music is power. I believe that running is power. I believe that these two ingredients can make for a healthy mind that can achieve the seemingly impossible. Never in my life did I think I could run a marathon. But I did. I'm not the most atheletic person and I'm not built for long distance - but damn do I have a strong mind and will that gets me through those runs.
So, please, if you have $5 or $10 to give, I would love to have your support on this endeavor of mine.
Thank you. You are wonderful.