Many people have heard me say that everyone should be in therapy. I practice what I preach because, let's face it, I'm a little nuts. But mental health goes so far beyond what we think of as "classic mental illness"; the impact of stress on our bodies has been shown in study after study. And I would know - I was a stats major. I've recommended therapy to friends but am often met with the response that it's too expensive. Usually it's not an excuse to get out of therapy (except a few of you - you know who you are). With healthcare costs on the rise, therapy is increasingly challenging to squeeze into a budget.
Worse yet, the stigma around mental healthcare means that sometimes people aren't aware of the cost barrier because they don't seek out treatment in the first place. But taking care of the emotional part of your heart is just as important as taking care of the physical part of it.
For me, running is both an emotional release and a way to keep my body working. Plus outrunning my younger colleagues cements my status as their superior. I am so excited and proud to be running the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017 - my first marathon - to raise money for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. The Center strives to provide access to high quality and affordable care for those in need and does amazing work. You can check out their website here: http://www.brooklinecenter.org/. If difficulty in accessing mental healthcare doesn't impact you personally, I guarantee it impacts someone you love.
Please join me in contributing to this worthy cause. No donation is too small and each one will push me closer to that finish line in April. Donations are 100% tax deductible too! I'm so excited to run the Marathon and grateful for your taking the time to visit this page. Thanks so much for your support! If you know someone who might be interested in donating, please forward this page to them.
By the way - the irony of doing something crazy like running 26.2 miles to support mental health hasn't escaped me. But I'm doing it anyway - my therapist told me it was ok!