Running and raising money for youth mental health support

Teyarnea Griffis, from Young, says stigma surrounding mental health is a big barrier stopping young people reaching out for support. Photo: contributed

Teyarnea Griffis, from Young, says stigma surrounding mental health is a big barrier stopping young people reaching out for support. Photo: contributed

Young resident and youth mental health advocate Teyarnea Griffis is encouraging locals to participate in the upcoming Run for the Herd, Virtual Festival.

The Run for the Herd, Virtual Festival is organised by preventative mental health organisation batyr, and raises money to go towards supporting and empowering young Australians and smashing the stigma surrounding mental health.

Ms Griffis will be completing at least the 5km walk or run at Anytime Fitness Young during the three day festival on August 7, 8 and 9.

Participants can complete a 5km, 10km, a 21.1km half marathon, a 42.2km marathon, or a whopping 50km marathon, and can join and take part from anywhere with all progress tracked online. Ms Griffis explained why the event was so important to her.

"When losing my 15-year-old brother to suicide when I was nine, I have experienced severe depression and mental ill-health in my adolescence," she said.

"In 2019, I created an online photography exhibition called 'Our Story' featuring photographs and a story of an individual who has survived mental ill health and stigma around mental ill health.

"It was important for me to share my own story before I told anyone else's story."

Teyarnea Griffis training at Anytime Fitness Young ahead of the Run for the Herd, Virtual Festival. Photo: contributed

Teyarnea Griffis training at Anytime Fitness Young ahead of the Run for the Herd, Virtual Festival. Photo: contributed

For every 30 students in Australia, seven will have a mental health issue, yet only two will reach out for support, leaving five suffering in silence.

Ms Griffis is working with multiple organisations to support youth mental health and is studying full-time to become a youth worker in the community.

To support Ms Griffis click here

People can still register here

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