This year, we are thrilled to have Don’t Quit Ambassadors to help spread the messaging about our nonprofit and bring mental health awareness in the community. Meet Wendy Banks!
What is your name?
What is your job title and place of employment?
I’m studying to become a personal trainer and certified nutritionist
Tell us about yourself.
I am a wife and mom of three grown sons. I have battled with depression and anxiety for all of my adult life and have PTSD from childhood sexual abuse by a family member. I began working out and running two years ago and found it to be very therapeutic. I am now studying to become a personal trainer, nutrition coach and running coach so that I can help others learn to deal with their mental health while improving their physical health.
Have you participated in the Don’t Quit Half Marathon & 5K before?
In 2019, I ran the Don’t Quit 5K for the first time. I plan to run the half marathon this year.
Why are you running in this year’s Don’t Quit Half Marathon & 5K?
I support the cause! Running has helped me cope with my depression and I want others to know that running can help them mentally as well!
What does “Don’t Quit” mean to you?
To me, “Don’t Quit” means to not give up. Keep fighting. Don’t let depression win! As I have gone through therapy, I have learned that if I quit, if I give up, if I let depression win, it passes my pain to my family to deal with. I don’t want them to have to live the rest of their lives with my pain. It means that there will be better days ahead!
Do you have any tips for someone who may be struggling with mental health issues?
Get help! Go to counseling, talk to a friend or family member. Do not just sit and let depression lie to you. Get up and fight it! There are people that understand and that will listen. You are not alone!
What is your favorite inspirational quote that keeps you doing?
“You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you.” - Dan Millman
“This life is tough, but so am I!” - Unknown