CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Mental health, including issues of suicide and depression, are important topics that all too often are not discussed. One Urbana man is working to change that by spreading awareness in a unique way. Ruairi McEnroe is planning to run ten marathons in 2018 in hopes it will start a dialogue about mental health awareness.
McEnroe, who himself has struggled with mental health issues, began running as a way to combat his challenges.
“It was something that kept my mind from being very nervous. I suffer a little bit of depression and anxiety in the past, and running was a way of keeping those voices quiet in the head.” says McEnroe
He started small by running local 5K events, which eventually led to full marathons. Now, he is planning to run marathons all over the midwest throughout the year, including the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, as well as events in Lafayette, IN and Madison, WI. He is partnering with Champaign based non-profit Rattle the Stars during his running campaign.
“They are doing a tremendous job, in raising awareness educating parents and teens about mental health issues and suicide. I thought I run all the time, why not raise some vital funds?” says McEnroe
For more information about Rattle the Stars, you can visit their website. In addition, if you are interested in contributing to McEnroe’s fundraising efforts for mental health awareness, you can visit his GoFundMe page