MoRun success: Supporting men’s mental health

Congratulations to all who took part in Movember’s MoRun at Ashton Court yesterday, especially Rich Lee, Andy Warren and Sam Wilson who took part to raise funds for Second Step.

Our Deputy CEO Andy and Team Manager Sam joined Rich Lee, a former Bristol Wellbeing College learner and now Delivery Project Manager at Vattenfall Heat UK, part of Bristol City Leap.

Rich approaching the finish line (left) and with his colleagues before and after the run (top right, bottom right)

Rich was raising awareness of men’s mental health and the great work being done by Bristol Wellbeing College, offering wellbeing workshops and sessions to many across the city.

Earlier today, he spoke to Joe Lemer on BBC Radio Bristol about his reasons for running.

“I’ve always had issues with depression and anxiety,’ Rich told Joe Lemer on BBC Radio this morning. ‘But that really picked up when I moved to Bristol in 2017. Myself and my wife moved from London and within a few weeks everything went downhill very quickly. I went from being fine the day we moved in to being absolutely not fine. We moved in August and by October I was really not very well. It got to the point where I was having suicidal thoughts and I was with the critical health team. I was really lucky to find Second Step and the Welllbeing Cafe they have in he centre of [Bristol] every week. Second Step’s Wellbeing College allows people to come along and learn about different mental health points. I would go a couple of days each week and the process really moved me forward.”

The interview starts around 2:09:09 on BBC Sounds.

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