Ruby Riley, 20, is on a mission. A mission to break a long-standing taboo. The taboo surrounding mental health.
As a teenager, Ruby struggled with the pressures of A-level exams. The stress of choosing the right subjects, revising and endless essay-writing began to take its toll on Ruby's health and she suffered from anxiety and depression.
She soon developed an eating disorder - a coping mechanism that affected her life both mentally and physically. "The stress brought on a dramatic change in me and saw me desperately trying to take back control," she said.
At first, Ruby developed an unhealthy relationship with exercise.
"When I was at my worst, I would use exercise as a punishment," she admits. However, through counselling sessions, Ruby has managed to change her life around and says: "I am now able to use exercise as a celebration of what my body is able to do when I treat it properly.
Mental illness is real and you should never be made to feel like what you're going through isn't valid
Through overcoming her own demons, Ruby has been inspired to help others who are suffering in silence. She is raising money for mental health charity, MIND,which highlights mental health issues and encourages people to speak out.
Despite recently suffering from shin splints, Ruby is eager to start her first London Marathon and "can't wait to cross the start line and soak up the atmosphere on the day".
Target sponsorship: £500
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