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Samantha van Zweden

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Sam's de Castella Run Fundraising Page


Having recently started running and setting myself the goal of a 5KM run, I came across the de Castella run to raise money for MAPrc (the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre).

The reason I started running is to help my own mental health, and to lose some weight. Fighting depression and anxiety is a daily challenge, and running helps a lot, sending good chemicals out into my body and distracting my mind from anything it might stew on, forcing me to focus on my body in that precise moment.

Mental illness research is something I'm really passionate about - my own experience, and the experience of people close to me make this a cause close to my heart. I'd love to one day know that there are new options for my loved ones dealing with depression, anxiety, schizo-affective disorder, or schizophrenia, and that young people struggling with self-harm could find more helpful solutions than I did. I'd like to know that people with mental illnesses are safe and coping well. In the meantime, it's important to know that organizations like MAPrc are working hard to find the answers. 

It would mean so much to me if you could donate to help raise money for this cause, and if you can't, then maybe consider coming down to the finish line on the 26th August to cheer me on and hold my hair back while I spew from the physical exertion. 


Sam van Zweden.


And the message from MAPrc:

Mental illness remains one of the most complex and challenging areas of health practice.  It affects one in five Australians.
1/3 of people with mental illnesses do not respond to standard treatments.  For these individuals there are limited treatment options.  MAPrc aims to change that.
MAPrc is a clinical research that strives to achieve a better understanding of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.  MAPrc investigates new diagnostic techniques and is dedicated to developing new and innovative treatment options.
With your help, more research can be conducted into finding new treatments for mental illnesses.
By supporting this event, you can help mend minds!  


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