Many of you know that this marathon is very out of my comfort zone and quite frankly outside of my current fitness capabilty. Being over-weight most of my life I have constantly dealt with a a neverending struggle of self-confidence. A constant battle with my mind caused me to never build up a regular fitness routine or get in shape. This was a choice to challenge myself. To see what I can accomplish.
But... I soon realized that this run should be more than just about my goals and ambitions. This marathon is about supporting an idea out there that is important to you. To which, I have decided to raise money for mental health.
"We all have mental health" - Most of us have heard this phrase before. Attending UBC, this phrase was widely used to promote mental health campaigns across the campus.
But how many of us can say we fully understand our mental health? Speaking to my own experience, I know I struggle to relate to my mental health. The viscousity of its own nature forces me to jump back between having a grasp on its power and watching it slip through my fingers without a single ability to control it.
We have all had our moments trying to understand 'mental health'. But I am not hear to share my experiences but to show my support for a mental health foundation that we as Canadians are so fortunate to have in our society.
Growing up in Singapore, I had never heard of mental health, I did not even know it was a concept that we could adress. Many of times, my anger, depsression, sadness, and lack of mental control over my emotions were merely attribute to me being an unfocused child... a child without a drive.
Coming to Canada, changed that world for me. It allowed me to seek support in a field that so many Canadians now proudly approach with open arms.
As I still struggle to fully understand the depth of mental health today, I am hear to support a foundation that aims to help people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness or addiction. They do this by building capacity, influencing policy, providing services and developing resources.
They are known as the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
And thier vision - mentally healthy people in a health society.
I hope to support them anyway I can, and I hope you can to.