Read more › News - 25th May 2022

A mental health warrior

32-year-old Maddie Macfarlane from Lake Boga parkrun in Victoria lives with social anxiety. Maddie tells us about the strategies she uses to get herself to parkrun each week, and how parkrun has become an important coping mechanism for her mental health.   My social anxiety presents as overthinking and worrying about what people might think…

Kat running with Danny and the puppies
Read more › News - 21st October 2021

Smile at someone and they will smile back

parkrun came into my life about six years ago, just after I had my daughter. Running has long been an important way for me to stay mentally and physically healthy, so I was intrigued when a friend invited my family to try Westerfolds parkrun. It quickly became a regular part of our Saturday mornings. When…

Read more › News - 10th October 2021

Like being part of a group hug

I am a 63-year-old woman. I struggled with my weight when I was young, and some members of my family have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, so there is a genetic disposition.   I was diagnosed with post-natal depression after my second child, aged 40. The prescribed drugs didn’t help, but I did discover…

Bill greenwood and theresa
Read more › News - 10th October 2021

The power of a chat

Bill Greenwood volunteers as a Run Director at Dubbo parkrun, and as a Crisis Support Officer.   Bill, a retired detective and Vietnam veteran, explains why the two roles have become intertwined over the past four years, and how the simple act of coming to the park on a Saturday morning can have a profound…

Read more › News - 10th October 2021

A mutual understanding

The following article contains strong themes. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help now, please call triple zero (000). 24-hour support is also available at Lifeline and Beyond Blue. I am a co-Event Director at a parkrun in Victoria. I live with general and social anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, severe depression and suicidal thoughts.  …

Read more › News, Press - 10th October 2021

Human connection can be this simple

My name is Belinda, I’m 42 and I live in Canberra with my wife, Emily, and my Jack Russell-Maltese cross, Millie.   As I type this, we are in lockdown and parkrun is on hiatus. It’s a conundrum in a sense that parkrun, for some people, is their major source of social interaction all week….

Read more › News - 10th October 2021

An anchor of familiarity

My mental health journey started at university with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, but this was 20 years ago when people didn’t talk about mental health. I lived this way for five years at uni followed by a two years backpacking, unsure of what was really going on.   I settled down and got a job, met…

Read more › News, Press - 29th September 2021

Part of who I am

I have always been open about my depression because it’s part of who I am. In the same way people learn to manage diabetes or high blood pressure, mental health is something you deal with. There’s no shame in it.   Looking back, I certainly had periods of depression as a teenager and during my…

Mary and Roxy
Read more › News - 20th April 2021

Mary and Roxy heal through volunteering

When Mary comes to parkrun, she’s always got her assistance dog Roxy by her side.   The Australian Army veteran and self-confessed “adrenaline junkie” started parkrun in February 2018 with Roxy, after she was medically discharged from the military due to a broken neck and PTS.   Mary left her home state of Tasmania at…

parkrun staff, families and friends
Read more › News - 19th August 2020

Transforming what we have into what is enough

Children’s Health Queensland’s Child and Youth Mental Health Service supports infants, children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have complex mental health needs, and their families.    We spoke with Psychologists, a Clinical Nurse, Carer, Health/Education Link Worker, Social Worker, Consumer Carer Co-ordinator, Indigenous health Worker, Speech Pathologist and Child…

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