Running for Youth Mental Health
Burswood's Jordi Quain knows the personal satisfaction that can be reaped by getting active for a good cause.
With the support of her For the Every Woman Community Exercise Group, Jordi is embarking on a personal challenge to raise money for Act-Belong-Commit by running in the UWA Half Marathon in this years HBF Run for a Reason on 27 May.
"I wanted to support Act-Belong-Commit as I know how important being part of a community and keeping active is to maintaining your mental health. I truly believe in the Act Belong Commit message as we can all take small steps towards improving our connections and mental health and I love that Act-Belong-Commit makes that goal so achievable for us all."
I truly believe in the Act Belong Commit message as we can all take small steps towards improving our connections and mental health...
Jordi grew up in a small country town, and on moving to Perth to study at university, found she missed the close-knit community she grew up with.
"It was pretty strange to be so disconnected from family and the familiarity of a small country town, but I found my own forms of community through volunteering and sports. I would not have been able to complete my undergraduate degree without the support and stability that I gained form the communities I'd built myself into."
Mentally Healthy WA's Chloe Townsend said, "There is a tremendous sense of achievement and satisfaction that is gained from doing something meaningful“ and as Jordina has discovered, taking part in fundraising events like this for a good cause can be a lot of fun as well."
2018 marks a significant year for Act-Belong-Commit, as it is the 10th anniversary of the campaigns state-wide rollout. And what better way to celebrate than by joining the HBF Run for a Reason to raise money for youth mental health in WA!
You can support Jordi and Act-Belong-Commit by making a donation here: https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/jordina.
"Honestly, community involvement and exercise have pulled me through some very tough times with my own mental health. For me, being around good people who are supportive and like-minded keep me afloat and thriving - they are the reassurance I need when I don't have the positive messages to be giving to myself."