Filmmaker Using Run to Battle Mental Illness

By Day, Rebe Cca | Manchester Evening News, May 19, 2018 | Go to article overview

Filmmaker Using Run to Battle Mental Illness


Day, Rebe Cca, Manchester Evening News


A FILMMAKER who was diagnosed with clinical depression will take part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

Cameron Jones, from Prestwich, said running has allowed him to get his life back on track after mental illhealth caused him to drop out of university last year.

The 20-year-old, who runs OH GOSH Productions, said he felt 'completely out of control' when he plunged into depression in October last year, just weeks after starting the second year of his film production degree in London.

He said: "I will never know the causes for sure, but I mostly think that it was my university lifestyle which rendered me unable to cope with the stress and suffering of life.

"A complete lack of routine, uncertainty surrounding my career in the future, and using substances to produce good feelings, as opposed to feeling good through hard work and achievement.

"Despite my enthusiasm for the course I was studying, I was no longer able to continue my studies due to my condition and was forced to move back home.

"This was extremely frustrating for me as I felt completely out of control of my own life, the cause of which couldn't be laid at the fault of me or anybody."

Keen to get his life back on track, Cameron moved home and took up running with his friend Henry Williams.

He said changing his lifestyle and getting fit has given him the motivation to set up his own business, a video production company.

"I love the simplicity of running," Cameron added.

"When our goals and aims seem so uncertain, in work or relationships, running is a way to remind yourself that you're able to set a simple goal to run 10K and do your best to achieve it. …

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