Hongkonger takes on 220km Cambodian ultra for mental health as she turns her sister’s suicide into a powerful cause

Amanda Noubel wants to break the taboo of mental health, so more people talk about their issues, to prevent people taking their own lives.

When Amanda Noubel takes on the 220km Ancient Khmer Path multi-day ultramarathon in Cambodia, starting on Saturday, the challenge ahead of her is more than just the race. Noubel is raising money for Mind HK, a mental health charity, and hopes she can spread the message that it is OK to talk about feeling low.

Noubel, originally from France, was just 17 when her sister took her own life.

“My sister had been struggling with depression for some time,” Noubel said. “At the time, we didn’t really know what it was. It happens to so many people. When it happened to me, I thought it was the end of the world and I was the only one going through it. But I realised everyone knows someone who has done it. It’s terrible. I thought I was isolated.”

In full: https://www.scmp.com/sport/outdoor/trail-running/article/3039927/hongkonger-takes-220km-cambodian-ultra-mental-health

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