25 Nov '16, 11am

Nicola's running 24 races for @samaritans - find out how it's improved her #mentalhealth here

Nicola's running 24 races for @samaritans - find out how it's improved her #mentalhealth here

It was three o’clock in the morning when Nicola made the life-changing decision to pick up the phone to Samaritans. Aged 21, Nicola was in her final year of university. Her boyfriend, Ben, was lying beside and she knew she had his support – and that of her friends – whenever she needed. But, somehow, she had never felt so lonely. Her depression had become suffocating. She needed to talk to someone. The Samaritans’ 24-hour service saved Nicola that night, during some of her darkest hours and, now, three years later, is the inspiration behind her latest challenge – running 24 races in 18 months to raise money for the charity. Vital support During a difficult period at university, following a family breakdown, Samaritans became an invaluable support to Nicola. “About two weeks before I went to university, my dad left my mum and it was quite a shock to me and my family,” she e...

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