Writer and marathon runner he/him Alex D'Arbost
Alex ran the Madrid marathon, and wrote his own poetry book about the experience of mental health in young people.
I'm fundraising for YoungMinds because of the incredible work that the charity does for young people and their mental health.
YoungMinds resonates with me because I didn’t have anyone to help me when I was at my worst, and I wish I had known a charity like YoungMinds when I was scared and confused.
I don’t want anyone else to think they are alone ever again.
Last April I ran the Madrid Marathon for YoungMinds. Running has always been something that I feel comfortable doing. It resonates with my mental health, because when I was at my worst it was the only thing that cleared my head - no matter how long I ran. It’s a beautiful sport. My next challenge will be a 50 miler.
My other love, writing and literature, brought me to creating a poetry book that dives into the trials and tribulations young people go through. This was a collaborative effort, with over 10 people contributing. It is really honest – perhaps not suitable for everyone, but it does shed light on where our minds can wander off to.
So far, I have raised over £1,500 for YoungMinds, and I like to think this is just the start.
I am 21 years old, born and raised in the south west of England. I live in London, and work as a marketing coordinator at The Savoy Hotel.
My real passion is writing. I love literature - specifically poetry and song writing. I have a website called Inner Thoughts Project where I post regular poetry and songs with the hope of collaborating with people. This is also where I sold the book to fundraise for YoungMinds.
I also showcase my marathon running on the website. I have completed two marathons in the last two years – my first one when I was 19 years old for Lost Bond Project, another mental health charity that isn't around anymore.
Mental health has been a struggle all of my life. The trials and tribulations we all go through will be some of the toughest battles we will face.
If we can find ways to make these battles more bearable, then I think we are doing everything we can.
We really are in this together.
Duke of Kent School took part in #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day 2022.
Westgate Primary School took part in #HelloYellow 2022.
On 1 June 2023, nine-year-old Flynn walked Snowdon to raise funds for us. Then on 10 June he took on a 10km hike in the Lake District.