Earlier this year, Ms Seedat entered the 21km Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town to raise awareness for mental health. Despite the persistent rain and last-minute route diversion from Hout Bay to Ou Kaapse Weg, 16,000 people braved the elements to complete this iconic race but running for our cause was a passion project for Ms Seedat.
The Student Division in the Western Cape was asked to set up a stall at UCT’s middle campus, and to print five-hundred buffs to further promote awareness. Our Student Division volunteers woke up at 4am and erected the PsySSA stand in the rain before the sun came up. Instead of merely handing out hundreds of buffs to runners and spectators, our volunteers approached people with the sentiment that although competing runners are physically healthy, what about mental health? The two are inextricably linked and one should not be more important than the other. Our buffs boldly displayed our hashtags, #MentalHealthMatters and #StopTheStigma. After speaking to more than five-hundred people, we left the marathon feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride. We achieved what we set out to do and we look forward to the next event and continuing to raise awareness.
PsySSA would like to thank the Student Division members for their support and commitment at the Marathon.