Jake Malby, 26, of Palm Beach, will be running in the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday 7 July in preparation for completing a marathon every day in August while raising money for mental illness campaigners LIVIN.
Having experienced first-hand the struggles of depression and being close to someone who once attempted suicide, Jake has an ignited sense of activism.
Suffering from depression since the age of 16, Jake, nicknamed Forest Goat, reached a turning point when he started running with his brother Ben, an ultra-marathoner. With Ben’s help, he discovered the best running techniques, a healthier diet and a new way to deal with his illness.
“The high was better than any drug and the feeling of achievement filled my mind so that no negative thoughts could,” Jake said.
“Six months after my first marathon, I no longer needed the medication that I had been on for several years.
“If anyone is in a bad place, I hope they find their own escape,” he said.
Jake has already raised over $2,000 for LIVIN and is determined to reach his goal of $5,000 by the end of August.