We urgently need your help to support people with their mental health.

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Run the Hackney Half for Shout

When: Sunday 21 May 2023
Where: Hackney Marshes in London
Distance: 13.1 miles / 21.1km

Whether you have a place already or you'd like one of our charity places, give yourself extra motivation to make it to the finish line by fundraising for Shout.

About the Hackney Half

If you're looking for a half marathon where you'll have a great time, this is the one. You can easily go without headphones thanks to the live entertainment, DJs and cheering onlookers.

On top of this, you've got the surroundings - you'll run past the famous town hall, over twelve canals and rivers and through Hackney Wick and it's vibrant street art.

If you're a more serious runner, the Hackney Half could be where you get your next personal best - it's flat with minimal elevation. Plus, the great atmosphere and the fact you're fundraising for Shout will give you the extra motivation to go that little bit faster!

Download the route map
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Why run for Shout?

Shout is the only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone in the UK struggling to cope. We take around 2,000 conversations every day with people feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or suicidal and in need of urgent support.

Emma recently ran the Amsterdam Half Marathon for us and says:

"Whatever challenge you choose, the feeling you get after completion is unmatched. As well as the personal achievement, knowing that the money you’ve raised is going to help someone struggling makes it all worth it."

Emma runs the Amsterdam Half Marathon

Where your money goes

  • £10 can help someone in distress to access an hour of mental health support when they need it most
  • £25 can fund a clinician to provide expert supervision of conversations on our digital mental health platform
  • £250 can train a volunteer to take life-saving conversations with people needing immediate support
Watch: how Shout works

Shout helped me to have hope for my future

When Emily contacted Shout for help, she had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and felt isolated, unsure of who she could talk to.

She was living in busy student halls, where anyone could overhear a conversation, and so the discrete nature of Shout’s text message mental health service was key to her feeling able to reach out for support.

"Texting Shout was definitely a turning point for me. I began to accept my illness and realise it didn't have to hold me back. I felt able to have hope for my future again."

Read Emily's full story
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