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Belfast run held to promote mental health services

Runners taking part in the Run For Wellbeing yesterday in the Waterworks, north Belfast. Picture by Ann McManus

A SPECIAL run was held in north Belfast yesterday to raise awareness of the range of services tackling issues such as suicide and mental health.

More than 150 people and eight organisations took part in the Run For Wellbeing event yesterday morning in the Waterworks area of the city.

The event included both a 5km race and a half-distance recreational walk or run in a bid to highlight local services such as Lighthouse, Fasa and Pips.

Joe Donnelly, manager of Tamhi (Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues) helped organised the event following a number of suicide tragedies in the area.

He said people were invited to take part to highlight the charitable groups, remember a lost loved one, or for their own mental wellbeing.

"It's a great way to highlight all the services. This brings loads of people together and gets people talking about the groups," he said.

He thanked Sport NI, Belfast City Council, North Belfast Harriers and everyone involved for their support, and said he hopes it can become an annual event.

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