Edward laces up with Team Black Dog for C2S
Published: 8 June, 2017
With the City 2 Surf fast approaching in August, Edward shares his story behind why he decided to join Team Black Dog and what it has meant to him.
When Edward decided to run in the City 2 Surf as a part of Team Black Dog, it was an easy decision.
As he trains for the big day on Sunday 13th August, his fundraising is giving him the chance to indulge his love of sport while sharing his experiences of mental illness in the hopes that it might encourage help seeking from those around him.
“Given my love of sport right throughout my life, I saw the opportunity to run for the Black Dog and it was a no brainer for me. Granted how much they were able to help me, it was a pretty easy choice.
“When I went to the GP after what I would call my first attempted suicide, she suggested that I visit the Black Dog Institute website to look at their resources. I did the anxiety and depression self-tests.
“Taking these tests sort of opened a cascade to me getting help and seeing a psychiatrist.
“For about 2 and a half years after my diagnosis, I didn’t tell anyone about it. I constantly told myself that I was fine. I would lash out at people, and it wasn’t really their fault that I was holding that information back from them.”
Edward’s involvement as a part of Team Black Dog in the City2Surf has already started to achieve what he set out to do.
“Since I signed up to run for Black Dog, I have had so many people – friends and people I have worked with – coming to me and really showing their support for what I have experienced and what I am doing with the City2Surf.
“I have also had a lot of people open up to me and tell me that they have been dealing with these kinds of feelings as well. And if they hadn’t known that someone like me was going through it, then they probably wouldn’t have opened up about it at all.
I had a friend tell me that I was the catalyst for her seeking help from a psychiatrist, and maybe her opening up will encourage someone else in a similar situation do that too, and start a whole chain reaction.
Before his maiden run with Team Black Dog, Edward will continue to raise funds and awareness as he spreads his message for a cause very close to his heart.
“People need to know that there is no harm and no shame in needing to seek help.
Knowing what resources are available can only help you to call on them if you need them. Or even if someone you know needs them, it can only be a good thing.”
If you are interested in joining Edward and Team Black Dog in the City2Surf on Sunday 13th August, head to our C2S event page to find out how.
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines:
LIFELINE COUNSELLING SERVICE: 13 11 14
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE: 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)