beyondblue speaker runs for mental health

Anxiety and depression can affect anyone of any age, at any stage of life. Currently, around three million people in Australia are living with anxiety or depression. At 23 years of age, Hayley was diagnosed with depression and generalised anxiety disorder. With the support of family, friends, her GP and mental health professionals, Hayley is in a better headspace and able to look after herself.

“It has taken me a while to find what works for me, and what gives me the energy to maintain a great headspace,” Hayley said.

Staying well and looking after yourself looks different for everyone. Whether it’s implementing a rigorous exercise routine, taking ten minutes every day to meditate, or spending more time doing the things you love, the toolkit for wellbeing is different for all.

“Exercise helps me manage my anxiety and depression. It gives me a goal to aim for, and if I’m having a bad day it’s a prompt for me to get out of bed. Exercise is part of my toolkit for staying well.”

Two years ago, Hayley joined the beyondblue Speakers Bureau, to tell her story of anxiety and depression and inspire others to speak up and seek support. This year, she’s taking on the 10km run at Blackmores’ Sydney Running Festival, in support of beyondblue and mental health in Australia. “I don’t love running, but I love representing beyondblue and talking about the power of exercise to maintain good mental health,” Hayley said.

beyondblue’s vision is for all people in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. If exercise is part of your wellbeing toolkit, we invite you to join Hayley in supporting beyondblue at Blackmores’ Sydney Running Festival. To learn more about beyondblue and how you can look after your own mental health, visit www.beyondblue.org.au

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