In September, I will be running the Sydney Marathon. As part of this, I hope to raise $1000 AUD (Approx. $700 USD) for Beyond Blue, an Australian organization that provides support to individuals suffering from anxiety and depression, and works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. I struggle with anxiety and depression, and have opened up about my struggles to very few people out of fear of the social stigma surrounding mental health. However, I was inspired this past fall by a good friend who revealed his own struggles with depression and took the opportunity to fund raise in order to help others. I envied his courage, but also felt a less alone. It helped me understand that people, like myself, who may seem like they have it all together might actually be crumbling inside. It is my hope that by disclosing my own battle somebody else might be inspired to open up about their own struggles, that somebody will feel less alone, and that we can provide support to others in times when they desperately need help. If you feel moved to donate, I will be greatly appreciative. No contribution is too small.