Sasha is a mental health advocate working to defeat the stigma through her non-profit, Still I Run – Runners for Mental Health Awareness. The group aims to promote the benefit of running for mental health and was started after Sasha discovered how much the sport aided her own recovery. When Sasha isn’t running or working to spread the word about Still I Run, she works as a marketing manager and can be found hanging out with her husband, pups, friends, and family in West Michigan.
Here is an excerpt from her organization’s website.
Still I Run is a running community that rallies around mental health. We want to run for our health, raise awareness of mental health issues and STOP the stigma.
One in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Chances are that if you don’t have a mental illness, you may know someone that does. It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone and it’s something that can’t be prevented, yet there’s a ton of stigma around it.
The Still I Run community wants to help erase that stigma by participating in the conversation about mental health. If we don’t talk about it because we feel ashamed, then we continue to suffer alone and in silence.
Because one of the best ways to combat anxiety and depression is through exercise and running, we’re combining the two. Still I Run is our take on the famous Maya Angelou poem Still I Rise. Though we may feel defeated and deflated, we can fight the good fight and get out and be healthy both physically and mentally…. together.
She and I spoke about a variety of issues including her own dealings with depression and anxiety, her time in a mental hospital, how she came to launch Still I Run, and what keeps her running forward today. Spoiler alert, it’s a lot. Click here for more episodes from our podcast.