27 days. 27 miles. 27 reasons. This March, run for student mental health.
This year, 27 27 is being led by 10 student champions from colleges and universities across England and Wales. Meet the champions and find out why they're taking part by reading our 27 reasons to support young people's mental health.
Nearly a quarter of young people aged 17-19 are now experiencing a mental health problem.
Join me in 27 27 as it’s a great way to stay active and raise awareness for student mental health.
– Cristina from Oxford University
You’ll keep our Youth Voice Network going. Our network gives young people across England and Wales a chance to shape the work we do.
To help tackle mental health issues faced by young people.
– Ore, a second year student at the University of Sussex
Because the number of young people aged 17-22 with a probable mental health problem has gone up 40% since 2017.
Getting active can help reduce the risk of developing depression.
I’m taking part in 27 27 after losing my sister to suicide. I want to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health.
- Kelsey, studying at De Montfort University
Running and raising money for Mind will help us do even more for young people across England and Wales.
Sky, from Vision West Nottinghamshire College, is taking part to:
Help remove the stigma around mental health.
Because you'll be helping us push the government for a better deal when it comes to mental health.
More and more students are facing mental health problems. Research shows more than a third (35%) of university students were dealing with a challenge to their mental health in 2021.
I’m taking part to reassure people who might be afraid to seek help for their mental health.
- Ethan at Oxford University
You’re keeping our Young Journalists newsletter going. All about mental health, it’s written by and for young people.
Anaiah, from Bedford College is taking part:
To support other young people struggling with their mental health.
Because in 2019-2020, 65% of young people with mental health problems didn’t access treatment.
You’ll be helping us change how mental health works for young people. Our strategy is clear – young people are a key group who are affected more by mental health problems. Together, we can change that for good.
Your fundraising will help us make sure every young person gets the mental health care they deserve.
I’m taking part in 27 27 to destigmatise conversations around student mental health.
– Caitlin at LSE
You’ll be inspiring other young people to speak up about mental health.
I find running a great way to switch off, but also this is a really fun challenge. I want to show my solidarity for student mental health.
– Leah from the University of Nottingham
Physical activity can help with stress and anxiety. Moving more gives your brain something else to focus on, something really handy when things are tough.
It’s a chance to be mindful. These 27 miles are all yours. Keep them just for you and make each mile about being mindful.
Abbey at Salford University is taking part:
to support Mind’s work with young people.
You’ll be helping us shine a light on what needs to change for young people. Your support will help us report on mental health support for young people, and really show where change is needed.
You'll be helping keep our Infoline open for any young person who needs it. Our Infoline provides crucial information and support to anyone phoning in.
I’ll be running 27 27 this year because it gives me a reason to get out the house and get active, even on the days I’m not feeling so good.
- Niamh, studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
This is just the start. Together we can change the mental health story for young people.