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More students are experiencing mental health problems than ever before. The number of students reporting a mental health problem is five times greater today than it was ten years ago, while the number of students dropping out because of mental health problems has trebled.

Every student taking part in the 27 27 challenge is sending a clear message: it’s time to take our mental health seriously, and we won’t give up until everyone with a mental health problem gets support and respect.


Keep an eye on how your fundraising is helping your university climb our leaderboard to fundraising glory, ultimately helping Mind be there for everyone who needs us at this crucial time.

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How does it work?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Registering couldn’t be easier and we recommend signing up early to give yourself a head start. You can sign up today by clicking here and when you start fundraising we will send you a FREE 27 27 Mind top to complete your runs in.

How do I set up my fundraising page?

Online fundraising is the easiest way to fundraise, and we recommend using GivePenny to get the best 27 27 experience. You can set up a page when you sign up here.

Once you’ve signed up we will send you a weekly email to support you through the challenge and give helpful fundraising tips.

When does the challenge start?

The running part of the challenge starts from the 1st March to the 27th March, however most participants like to start doing their fundraising as soon as they sign up in order to get their t-shirt. We’ve even got a little treat and will be sending 27 27 shoe-laces for the first 1000 people to start fundraising as well.

How do I track my miles?

We recommend using apps like Strava as a great tool for tracking your runs which you can also link to your fundraising page too! Find out more about linking Strava here. If you don’t have a fancy 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 your terrain and running experience, so don’t worry if it takes you longer.

Do you have any running tips?

We sure do. Hayley, our Head of Physical Activity at Mind, helped us to compile our Guide to Completing 27 Miles in 27 Days. You can find that here.

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About Mind

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.

We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

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