Running a 50km Ultra for Mental Health

By Lani Bartlett

Look who's doing a fundraiser!

Kia Ora awesome people,

you must be wondering what this is all about…

Firstly, a little bit about the what:
I have decided to participate in the Tarawera Ultra 50km on Saturday 13 Feb 2021 to help support the work of the Mental Health Foundation. 

This will be a challenge for me - but every day can be a challenge for people who may not have the resources they need to maintain a positive well-being and function well in their everyday lives. 

Join me on the this journey as I run my way through a combination of trials and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, parkland and thermal landscapes.

Now the important stuff, the why:
Nearly 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own. Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation of Aotearoa provide people, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and well-being.

I want to raise $1000, so please donate today, come out for a run - either in person or virtually. 

Every little bit counts!

Thank you in advance,

Lani Bartlett


MAURI TU, MAURI ORA.

My Achievements

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My Updates

Early morning rhythm run with Yousuf

Thursday 16th Jul
Tuesday 14th July :)

First training run with my 16 year old brother

Thursday 16th Jul
This run/walk was done on July 6th. It was a special run because it was with my youngest brother who has never run before. It was a challenge for him but I am so proud of his efforts. :)

My WHY - For Mental Health

Wednesday 8th Jul

I have been asked multiple times now why I have chosen to support the Mental Health Foundation of NZ and there are several reasons why. 

This cause is one dear to my heart. 

We all know someone that has been or who is still affected some way or another by mental illness or suicidal thoughts.

o   On 25th October 2007 – someone I consider my stepdad, took his own life.

o   In January 2015 – a school friend and drama buddy took his own life.

o   And more recently someone very close to me lost a close friend of hers to suicide.

When my stepdad passed away, I didn’t quite understand how I was feeling. I was angry, I was confused. I was numb.

I refused to cry because I did not want my mum to think I wasn’t strong enough to support her through the pain she was feeling. 

I was 14 at the time and remember being invited to a counselling session at school.

I recall sitting in the waiting area of the Learning centre building feeling like I was going to be judged if I said I was feeling all these different emotions. It took me 3 sessions of attending those group meetings for me to feel safe. This was my first ever encounter with the Mental Health Foundation. They didn’t force me to speak, they didn’t get angry at me for feeling certain emotions. Instead they supported me through them.

It wasn’t until I graduated high school that I realised that if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from the Mental Health Foundation, I might have been in a different state of mind.

So let’s get talking! We need to start talking more about mental health. We need to start encouraging conversations about our mental wellbeing, so we don’t lose the ones we love. 

I’m putting my hand up and out to anyone that wants to talk, wants to go for a walk, perhaps a phone call or even a fancy zoom? I am here and available – anytime.

It’s not been until more recently that I have realised the importance of understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing. Not just for me but for the people around me. I want to part of creating a safe and positive environment for all.  

I believe in the work the Mental Health Foundation is doing and value the resources they provide us. 

This is why I have decided to run the 50km Tarawera Ultra because I fully support the work of the Mental Health Foundation. I want and need mental wellbeing to be an ongoing conversation. Let’s make talking about our feelings a safe thing to do.

The Tarawera Ultra is going to be a HUGE challenge for me – but every day can be a challenge for people who may not have the resources they need to maintain a positive well-being and function well in their everyday lives. 

Our support and donations will help the Mental Health Foundation of Aotearoa provide people, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and well-being.

Being active is great for our mental health – so let’s sweat for mental health.

What do you say? Ready to join the conversation and support mental health?

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Thursday 2nd Jul
Taraweara Ultra here we come!

Thank you to my Supporters

$20.80

Dani Smith

You're amazing!

$31.20

Andrew Leach

Good luck dude, you'll smash it!

$10.40

Rachael Tobeck

Awesome cause Lani - and well done you on embarking on a 50km ultra marathon - you are amazing!

$10.40

Shweta Pandkar

I have felt the struggle myself and seen my loved one struggle with it too. So, I do understand its far reaching effects. Recently, a well known personality, and an intelligent human with seemingly everything going for him took his life. It has affected me in more ways than I can admit here, although, I never know him personally. This is my little bit in hopes that people get the support they need in time. Great cause Lani.. Go you!

$10.40

Grant

This is for a very important cause Lani, awesome work!

$50

Mornay Durant

Good on you Lani, this is a tremendous challenge and I'm inspired by your undertaking, and even more so by your association with such a great cause.

$26

Lisa

Best of luck Lani! You’ve got this !!

$48.88

Gailene Alarcon

Rounded you up to $500 beitch x

$41.60

Stephen Gooch

Good luck Lani, I hope you enjoy it!!!!

$104

Anonymous

Malo lava o lenei manuia suga

$10.40

Phillip Neveu

$10.40

Courtney Thwaites

$10.40

Bren And Tara Gray

You're a legend.

$26

Louise Gebhard

Such a good cause, never met someone so motivated and an absolute machine. I’ll be there for moral support the whole way with my spatula (hope you’ve seen run fat boy run haha) LOVE YOU!

$26

Rob Lynch

Good god Lani - 50k! No half measures, good show.

$52

Ashley Gayle

$26

Richeany Chhim

$27.56

Ryan Harcus

Hugo said he would beat my donation

$26

Tamika Blair

Fantastic cause! You go girl!

$25

Fale Ahchong

Gooo Lani! Your amazing and what an awesome cause xxxx

$26

James G

Nice one Lani! I'd try race you to the finish line but I don't think I'd be able to keep up

$26

Evan Hargis

$26

Lani Bartlett