by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Join team Action Mental Health for this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and help make a real difference to people living with, and affected by mental illness, here in Northern Ireland. In its 39th year in 2021, the event, which traditionally takes place in May, has been rescheduled due to the remaining restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic and will this year take place on Sunday, October 3rd.


One in five adults in Northern Ireland will experience some type of mental illness or mental health problems – a statistic 25% more prevalent than in England, with half of all mental health problems starting before the age of fourteen. Mental ill-health is also the leading cause of work absence in Northern Ireland, accounting for almost one in every three days of employee absences.

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is an excellent opportunity to pop on your trainers or walking shoes and set yourself the challenge of raising money for the important cause of promoting better mental well-being. You really don’t have to be a seasoned runner to take part. You can, of course, run the full marathon if you wish, but you can also join a team of five relay runners, or even walk part of the route.

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is always a great, fun-filled event and since the Covid-19 pandemic has banned any mass participation runs for over 18 months, the demand for places is expected to be extremely high. To ensure you secure a place, register before the closing date of 27th August by visiting: www.belfastcitymarathon.com. Just let Action Mental Health know you have entered and we will send your free running vest and fundraising pack from fundraising@amh.org.uk

Action Mental Health has been taking action on mental health for nearly 50 years, changing the lives of those people living with mental illness and promoting resilience and well-being for future generations. We know that the pandemic has adversely affected people’s mental health, with more than half the UK’s adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) saying their mental health has suffered during lockdown. In addition, one in four young people in Northern Ireland have said they feel unable to cope with life since the Covid-19 crisis began.

Action Mental Health is here to provide vital services and support, and with your help we can make a real difference to the lives of people here in Northern Ireland.

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