With thousands of New Zealanders experiencing mental health struggles, supporters from all over the country have chosen to raise awareness and funds by moving for mental health. 

Read the stories that our fundraisers and supporters have shared with us about why they've chosen to move for mental health.

Nikorn Banjerdlert finishes raceNikorn Banjerdlert

For many people, taking on a full 42km marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. But for Nikorn Banjerdlert, now on his fifth marathon, running marathons is fast becoming a way of life.

“I have been running seriously, happily, for about six years. So, I just try to enjoy it more and take more photos to share with everyone on Facebook.”

For Nikorn, who is running the Auckland Marathon to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation, this event is an opportunity to support a cause that has touched his whānau deeply.

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William Brooks Crop IMG 6820 OriginalWilliam Brooks

Last month William Brooks ran 42km as part of the team running for mental health at the Auckland Marathon.

Through his training, William discovered what a positive difference exercise makes to his mental health and wellbeing and is now using that knowledge to make a positive difference in others’ lives too. 

After initially being hesitant to share his own wellbeing journey of experiencing highs and lows, William has been amazed at how many people have related to what he’s been saying, and who comes out of the woodwork to support the cause.

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Mereana Wiki StairmandMereana Wiki-Stairmand

Mereana Wiki-Stairmand knows what it’s like to lose someone close. Her decision to walk 5km in this year’s Auckland Marathon to raise money for mental health is acutely personal.

“I lost my husband, my other half, soul mate and best friend not long ago to mental health. I feel it’s my duty to do whatever I can to help and support this foundation, so hopefully no one has to experience what I have had to.”

This is the first big event that Mereana has attempted, and she’s throwing herself into training, bootcamps, boxing and personal training. Her twin boys will join her on the day and they will be walking to honour her husband and their daddy.

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