RUNNING TO END THE STIGMA.
I'm SO proud to be joining the IN IT 4 LIFE Jordan Porco Foundation Eversource Hartford [Half] Marathon team!
On October 12th, I will be running the Hartford Half Marathon with the Jordan Porco Foundation as part of my Philly Half Marathon training. I am realyl excited to put my miles to good use and to continue to run to end the stigma of mental health.
Ever since my teenage years, I have struggled with depression and anxiety. Mental Illness has always been and will always be a big part of my life. While I was often afraid to speak about my struggles, now I want to keep being more real about real mental health topics to help #endthestigma. It wasn't until I after I had my daughter Ellie where my mental health really took a turn. While suffering from postpartum depression, at 7 months PP, I lost one of my best friends to the same mental illness.
My journey with postpartum depression has found a way to humble me, break me, and re-grow me. It also brought personal blessings into my life through sharing my own struggles. I found that as I started to open up and share my truths of everyday life, the more people chose to share their own insecurities and stories of their experience mental illness with me as well. Those messages continue to give me the courage to share more and more of my not-so-perfect life. It has also become another form of therapy and as I continue to share, it helps me honor my dear friend Kristin by spreading awareness, hopefully helping someone else out there that may be struggling and is too afraid to ask for help; just like I was.
Where can you find me now? Well, you can find me running, embracing motherhood and still struggling. I mean, it never really gets easier, right? I use my Instagram (@mellank) to not only share my running journey but to openly speak the truths of my every day struggles, including my current battles of uveitis/glaucoma, anxiety, and depression with a little bit of postpartum depression still sprinkled in.
So now, why is it important to be #InIt4Life, supporting raising mental health awareness and suicide prevention and why have I chosen to run with the Jordan Porco Foundation? Not only because I want to help END THE STIGMA but because suicide is a serious public health concern.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young adults ages 15-24. Suicide can happen to anyone, anywhere. But you can help prevent suicide by supporting the Jordan Porco Foundation's lifesaving programs. Together, "We're In It For Life!" That's our pledge to young adults across the nation, and our team cheer - #InIt4Life!