World Marathons for Depression

$4,325 of $50k goal

Raised by 40 people in 2 months
Shawn Bearden  POCATELLO, ID
         
         Running saved my life. Running, and my wife.



There is a stigma around depression that keeps us from talking about it and prevents us from caring for it. After years of worsening depression, I exploded into tears one afternoon when I finally told my wife that I had been planning my suicide all morning. She saved me, and I soon found endurance running as part of my therapy.

I now run ultra-marathons. You can see my wife in the picture above as I welcomed her across the finish line of her own first ultra-marathon. She is the reason I'm alive today.

In January 2018, I'll run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days  on a global adventure to raise awareness and help to end the stigma surrounding the epidemic of depression and suicide.


Partner with me to help save others by giving me the opportunity to shout in our collective voice to the world that it's okay to have depression, it's okay to tell someone about it, and you can find joy in life.

I've partnered with the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred.org). Your support will help me to spread our message through this epic global adventure. Of the first $49k raised, 10% will go to iFred, 8% to GoFundMe fees, and the remaining will pay for my registration. Beyond $49k, 92% of all donations will go to iFred and 8% to GoFundMe fees. Donations will be accepted until January 15, 2018. But, seats on the challenge are filling fast. I need to raise $9k ASAP to secure my seat!
You can learn even more about me on my website Science Of Ultra. THANK YOU !
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Update 5
Posted by Shawn Bearden
17 days ago
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Thank you for supporting me to spread my message about ending the stigma of depression and encouraging those suffering to seek help. Donations are now over 10% of what's needed to go on this trip. Here is a picture of me (in yellow shirt and white hat) last weekend at the Zion 100k (that's 63 miles) where I placed 10th overall and 1st in my age group. It was the WHO World Health Day and the them for 2017 was "Depression: Let's Talk"! Please consider donating to support the cause.
Zion 100k
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Update 4
Posted by Shawn Bearden
25 days ago
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Honored to be featured on the front page of the Idaho State Journal this weekend. The message is getting out. @iFredorg #LetsTalk #ItsTreatable @idahostatejournal
Gofundme.com/worldmarathons
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Update 3
Posted by Shawn Bearden
1 month ago
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Great training this week! Stoked about the support. Thank you all!
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Update 2
Posted by Shawn Bearden
2 months ago
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Thanks to all those who are giving me a voice. Together, we can help others with depression. We all deserve joy. Thanks in advance!
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$4,325 of $50k goal

Raised by 40 people in 2 months
Created February 1, 2017
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$200
Nick Ottney
16 hours ago

Very cool that you're doing this and bringing this issue to light. Good luck Shawn!

SF
$50
Susanne Forrest
3 days ago

What a worthwhile goal! I am so glad you are raising much needed awareness, especially for men!

AN
$25
andrew nichols
9 days ago

Inspiring story and great website. Thanks for your efforts. As a neuropsychologist, I appreciate the empiricism and the emphasis on reducing mental health-related stigma. Hope to see you on the trail someday!

RA
$500
Robert Angle
21 days ago
LK
$25
Luke Kratz
23 days ago
TN
$20
Tristan Ng
26 days ago
JJ
$10
Jill Jorgensen-Talbot
26 days ago
$10
Anonymous
26 days ago
$200
Anonymous
26 days ago
SC
$100
Sam Cheuvront
26 days ago

What a great challenge for awareness of a great cause!

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