Cork Mental Health AC currently has 20 members who all work in mental healthcare across various occupations including nursing, medical, administration, social work and catering. The club, while small in numbers, is dynamic, catering for the beginner runner and those more experienced and is open to everyone, whether they work in mental health, have used mental health services or not – any member of the wider community is welcome to join.
There are weekly training runs alongside more structured training programmes, such as a couch-to-5km plan, and the Club is also active in developing programmes that will increase physical activity in the workplace. In the local running scene, the Club also takes part in the Cork BHAA running series. Members recently completed the Cork half marathon while others are training for marathons and plans are in place to build a team for the cross-country season.
But, the full potential of the Cork Mental Health AC has yet to be realised, Theresa says.
“The long-term vision is to see all these people running together and making this club become a champion for positive mental health promotion. We hope that as it develops over the years, we can be an inclusive running club that uses physical health to promote positive mental health, increase our membership, continue to spread the joy of running, while having the craic.”
If you would like to join Cork Mental Health AC for a run or to find out more information, please contact Martin Herlihy on 085 164 0773.