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Join the fight for student mental health!

27 days. 27 miles.
27 reasons to run for student mental health this March.

This March, we’re asking you to take on the challenge of running 27 miles over 27 days to fight for student mental health. We’ll be with you every step of the way with fundraising and training tips to help motivate you all the way to the finish line.

Every step you take on those 27 days will help support student mental health. It’s going to power our helplines. It’s going to help write our information. It’ll help us be there for students and anyone else who needs us. It's going to help make sure no-one faces a mental health problem alone.

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Track how your fundraising is helping your university, college or team to climb our leaderboard to fundraising glory. Together, you’ll be helping to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. Click on a university or team to see the groups representing them.

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Your money powers our helpines. It writes our information. It helps us support people. It makes sure we can keep fighting for mental health.

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Meet our 27 27 Champions

From Salford to Sussex, we’re joined by 12 student champions across England and Wales. Hear their reasons for taking part.


Kelsey, studying at De Montfort University.

“I'm taking part in 27 27 after losing my sister to suicide. I want to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health”


Leah, from the University of Nottingham

“I'm taking part because I find running a great way to switch off, but also this is a really fun challenge. I want to show my solidarity for student mental health.”

Meet the rest of our champions and find out the other 25 reasons behind 27 27 here 


What your fundraising supports

The donations you raise could help fund Mind's vital services:


could help us answer another enquiry on our Infoline.


could help us keep Side by Side open for 1 hour. Side by Side is Mind’s online community where anyone can join, talk and find support. 24/7.


could help pay for a lived experience consultant shape our work. Having people with lived experience of a mental health problem work with us is crucial. It means our work stays relevant for anyone with a mental health problem.

Frequently asked questions

You can sign up by clicking here. Remember to check your email after registering to create your GivePenny page and complete your sign up!

Once you receive your first donation on your GivePenny fundraising page, we will send you a free 27 27 t-shirt to the address you signed up with. Please allow up to 10 working days from your first donation for this to arrive.

Online fundraising is the easiest way to fundraise, and we recommend using GivePenny to get the best 27 27 experience. You will set up a page when you sign up here. Remember to check your email after registering to complete your sign up!

The challenge starts on the 1 March 2023. You’ll have until the 27 March to complete your 27 miles.

We recommend using apps like Strava as great tools for tracking your miles. You can link this up to your GivePenny page too! If you don’t have an app to track your miles, you’re still very welcome to join in the challenge. A rough, tech-free way to track your run is to remember that running a mile could take on average between 10-12 minutes. Of course, that will depend on terrain and running experience, so don’t worry if it takes you longer.

If you have any other questions that aren't answered here, please check the GivePenny knowledge base or check the Mind 27 27 FAQs

27 Miles, 27 Days

We’re so proud that you’re up for the challenge and joining the fight for student mental health.

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About Mind

We’re Mind. We’re here to fight for mental health. For support, for respect, for you.

We change minds across England and Wales by making mental health an everyday priority. We support minds – offering help, information, advice and local services. And we connect minds. Bringing together people who care about mental health to make a difference.

Together we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.