for better mental health

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Join our running revolution to raise money and awareness for better mental health.

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We are challenging you to run 27 miles over 27 days, raising money in solidarity with the 27% of us who report a mental health problem at uni.

01 March 2020

27 March 2020

Registration deadline
27 March 2020


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logo for 27 27 with running shoes and Mind logo

About the event

27 27 is our new virtual run for students.

You'll have 27 days to complete your challenge to run 27 miles. You can do this in your own time and at your own pace, alone or as a group in whatever way feels most comfortable for you.

Get involved

Join the student running revolution raising money for better mental health.

  • Step 1: Join the student running revolution by registering on this page.
  • Step 2: Plan your 27 miles over 27 days. You can do this in whatever way feels most comfortable for you, in your own time and at your own pace, alone or as a group.
  • Step 3: Set up your JustGiving page and when you receive your first donation, we will send you a beautiful 27 27 Mind top to complete your run in.
  • Step 4: Complete your challenge in March, and if you raise at least £27 you’ll receive your exclusive finisher’s medal.

Never forget that you're doing something incredible, raising money and awareness for mental health.

How we'll support you

Whether you are a seasoned runner or a first-timer, Mind will be with you every step of the way. We offer all our runners a fantastic support package:

  • Your own Mind contact on hand to answer your questions and guide you through your challenge.
  • Regular e-newsletters about Mind and the difference your fundraising makes.
  • A bespoke 27 27 t-shirt when you receive your first donation.
  • Access to our 27 27 Facebook and Strava groups.
  • A gorgeous 27 27 medal for anyone who raises over £27.
  • A guide on how to get started.

Any questions?

You can send us an email using the link below, or give us a call on 0300 999 3887 and we'll be more than happy to help.

Send us an email

Why Mind?

More students are experiencing mental health problems than ever before. The number of students reporting a mental health problem is five times greater today than it was ten years ago, while the number of students dropping out because of mental health problems has trebled.

Every student taking part in the 27 27 challenge is sending a clear message: it’s time to take our mental health seriously, and we won’t give up until everyone with a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Mind provides a national voice and local support for anybody experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign against discrimination, fight for better services, and offer information and support. By taking part in 27 27 you’re raising awareness of student mental health and helping us be there for the 27% of us who report a mental health problem while at university.

Sophie is running for Mind and celebrates as she sees Mind cheeres at the side of the race

Becoming a runner for Mind - Sophie's story

"As someone with Bipolar Disorder, fundraising for Mind has been an incredible experience. It has been an absolute honour to run for Mind again this year and I could not be more proud."

Read Sophie's story

Where does the money go?

1 in 4

people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year


queries answered by our helplines in 2018/19.


people accessed our information in 2018/2019

You can find out more about our work in the 2016/17 annual review

and more about our finances in our 2016/17 annual accounts

Other ways you could get involved

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