Ulster University Mind Your Mood

Ulster University

Belfast City Marathon

05 May 2019

Support our Belfast City Marathon runners in aid of Mind your Mood

Please join us to make 2019 an even bigger success!



of mental health issues develop before age of 25


of students worry about their mental health

Less than 40%

of students know where to seek support

As part of the fundraising efforts for Mind Your Mood, a group of brave individuals, both students and staff from all walks of life, have signed up to complete the 26 miles of the Belfast City Marathon in support of this great cause.

Not only will their efforts help to raise vital donations, but the Mind Your Mood Belfast City Marathon Project is a valuable experiment to help experts assess the impact of physical activity on student wellbeing and in turn understand how Ulster University can positively influence the overall student experience. This project also aims to raise the aspirations and resilience of the participants and help them develop a sense of community by taking part in this collaborative and supportive training environment.

All participants have been undertaking a gruelling 20-week training program in preparation for the marathon and their journeys have been extremely challenging. Hear from some of the runners below to understand how this challenge has had an impact on their lives, why it has been such a beneficial experience and why you should DONATE:

Ursula McTaggart

Ursula McTaggart

Ursula works full time within the Centre for Flexible Education at Ulster University.

Watch Ursula's video

Adrian Ferson

Adrian Ferson

Adrian is the Fitness Development Co-ordinator at Ulster University, Coleraine campus.

Watch Adrian's video

Aveline O'Neill

Aveline O'Neill

Aveline is 1st year student studying Dietetics.

Watch Aveline's video

Aaron Lawson

Aaron Lawson

Aaron Lawson is a PhD student and also a Research Associate within Belfast School of Architecture & the Built Environment.

Watch Aaron's video

Darren Quinn

Darren Quinn

Darren Quinn works within Student Support at Ulster University.

Watch Darren's video

Amanda Castray

Amanda Castray

Amanda is the Director of  Campus Life within Ulster University.

Watch Amanda's video

Emma McCauley

Emma McCauley

Emma McCauley is a 2nd-year student studying for a BSc Hons in Environmental Health

Watch Emma's video

Drew Neill

Drew Neill

Drew Neill is a Health and Wellbeing advisor at Ulster University

Watch Drew's video

Harry Xiong

Drew Neill

Harry Xiong is an international student studying for a BSc Hons in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Ulster University

Watch Harry's video

The runners were provided with a comprehensive support package to help them on their journey including gym memberships, group training sessions, physical assessments, personal training plan development, ongoing monitoring, physio, nutritional support, food discounts and wellbeing support. As part of this project runners contributed to a WhatsApp group and submitted Vlog entries to update the group on their progress and to offer support and motivation to the others.

All donations, no matter how big or small, will support our efforts in raising awareness of mental health and providing interventions at the earliest stage of the development of mental illness.

Donate to Mind Your Mood - ulster.ac.uk/mindyourmood/donate

Universities need to do more

The NUS (2015) reported that 8/10 students in UK universities experience some form of mental health issue, suggesting the need for universities to do more to support this emerging need.

NUS (2015)