Comedian Romesh Ranganathan to Run London Marathon for Mental Health Charity CALM

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan opens up about his past suicidal thoughts and announces he'll run the London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for mental health charity CALM.

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Comedian Romesh Ranganathan to Run London Marathon for Mental Health Charity CALM

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan to Run London Marathon for Mental Health Charity CALM

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan, 46, has revealed his past struggles with suicidal thoughts and announced he will be running the London Marathon on April 21, 2024, to raise awareness and funds for the mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Ranganathan has been a patron of CALM since October 2023.

In a candid discussion about his mental health, Ranganathan stated that he "came close to taking his own life in the past" and has "fantasized about it regularly." He emphasized the importance of raising awareness and funds for mental health support through his participation in the marathon. "I've been through some incredibly turbulent times in the past and have been left suicidal, but helping others deal with their own mental health issues motivated me to take part in the marathon," Ranganathan said.

Ranganathan is not aiming for a specific time in the marathon, but rather wants to finish the race while the roads are still closed. He has pledged to match any donations made to his fundraising efforts for CALM, within a reasonable limit. "I don't want to lose my house over this," he jokingly added.

Why this matters: Mental health struggles affect millions of people worldwide, and high-profile figures like Ranganathan speaking out about their own experiences can help break the stigma and encourage others to seek support. Fundraising efforts through events like the London Marathon are vital for organizations like CALM to continue providing life-saving services and resources.

The 2024 London Marathon is expected to see over 50,000 runners, including several celebrities such as Chris Evans, Matt Hancock, and EastEnders stars Emma Barton and Jamie Borthwick, who will be running in memory of their co-star Lola Mitchell. The event has become more inclusive than ever before, with support for disabled participants, faith and quiet spaces, and female urinals and sanitary products available.

Ranganathan's participation in the London Marathon serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and support. "I believe that humor should be used more to help people get through their mental health struggles," he said. By sharing his own experiences and raising funds for CALM, Ranganathan hopes to inspire others to prioritize their mental well-being and seek help when necessary.

Key Takeaways

  • Comedian Romesh Ranganathan, 46, to run London Marathon for mental health charity CALM.
  • Ranganathan opens up about past struggles with suicidal thoughts, aims to raise awareness.
  • Ranganathan pledges to match donations to his fundraising efforts for CALM, within reason.
  • 2024 London Marathon to see over 50,000 runners, including celebrities raising mental health awareness.
  • Ranganathan believes humor can help people cope with mental health struggles.