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Mind Over Marathon: BBC programme looks at mental health issues

20 April 2017

This evening sees the broadcast of the first of two episodes of Mind Over Marathon, a programme on which our President Professor Peter Kinderman acted as an adviser.

This evening sees the broadcast of the first of two episodes of Mind Over Marathon, a programme on which our President Professor Peter Kinderman acted as an adviser.

Mind Over Marathon follows a group of 10 runners, living with different mental health issues, are halfway through their training for this year’s London Marathon.

They are juggling physical injuries along with their mental health challenges, and trying to fit training into their lives. They attempt longer and longer distances and even travel to the Brecon Beacons for a mountain run.

Later they are joined at a special training day by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry. The royal trio have launched a campaign to remove the stigma around mental health issues and are keen to meet the runners and learn more about their personal stories.

The runners are taking part in the London Marathon for Heads Together, the campaign led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which is the official Charity of the Year for this year’s event.

Writing on his Presidential blog, Peter Kinderman says:

I appreciate the efforts taken by the production team to reflect the reality of the runners’ experiences, but also to use respectful and inclusive language. If we’ve got it right … we’ll have captured the challenging reality of mental health problems, and how they impact on everyday life.

If we’ve done our jobs well … we’ll also have illustrated how it really is a case of 'only us'; how the protection and promotion of psychological wellbeing is a matter for everyone, not just one in four of us.

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