Marathon effort from Callum
Electrical Engineering student Callum Small is charging his batteries to run the Edinburgh Marathon and raise cash and awareness for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
Callum (24) from Linlithgow – who is studying for an HND in Electrical Engineering at the FVC Falkirk Campus – was recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and is eager to raise awareness of SAMH, so others can find the right support and advice earlier than he did.
He said: “I want to raise awareness of mental health and want to take something that is seen as a negative and turn it into a positive. My condition was a major factor in the breakdown of a close personal relationship that I had, so I wish to help others in an effort to make sure it does not happen to them. There is still a stigma to suffering from a mental health condition, but my advice would be that if anyone feels they may be to speak with family, friends or SAMH.
“I have been lucky to have had a close group of family and friends around me who have supported me. I have even spoken to Forth Valley College’s Student Services team who have been very good as well.
“I have never done anything like a marathon before, but I have set myself the challenge and am now focussing on my training. I was hoping to raise £1,000, but have already raised more than £1,800 – which I am astonished, and humbled, by. I can’t thank everyone who has already pledged money enough and now hope to raise as much as I possibly can before the marathon on 26 May 2018.”
If anyone would like to donate any money to Callum’s fundraising effort visit http://www.justgiving.com/Callum-Small?utm_id=26