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Buddhists run to help 'mind' therapy

PUBLISHED: 15:16 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

TWO men from the London Buddhist centre are taking part in the London Marathon to raise cash to help tackle the epidemic of depression in Britain today. Simon Okotie and Tim Segaller are running the 26-mile course on April 13 to support an East End project teaching 'mind' therapy

TWO men from the London Buddhist centre are taking part in the London Marathon to raise cash to help tackle 'the epidemic of depression in Britain' today.

Simon Okotie and Tim Segaller are running the 26-mile course on April 13 to support the 'breathing space' project the centre in Roman Road, Bethnal Green, which teaches 'mind therapy', and for the mental health charity Mind. They aim to raise £10,000.

"We wanted to help a cause giving people the resources they need to overcome mental health problems and have a better quality of life," said Simon.

"We also want to raise awareness about the epidemic of depression, which affects one-in-five people in Britain at some time in their life."

The centre's 'breathing space' project teaches 'mind' therapies to help prevent people relapsing into depression and addiction and to manage stress and anxiety.

The programme has already helped more than 500 people and is now planning a new 'space' for its courses next year to help hundreds more in the next decade.

The charity Mind is currently campaigning for more 'talking' therapies to treat depression instead of medication.

Simon and Tim can be sponsored online at:

www.justgiving.com/simonandtimmind.

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