Oly Newton

Specialisms: OCD, Mental Health, and the benefits of running.

For many years I have battled severe OCD, anxiety and depression. My life is controlled and consumed by intrusive thoughts and rituals. I feel totally trapped with no way out.

I’m now ready to share my personal story. A story of resilience. A story of hope for anyone battling mental illness. From the depths of despair; to rebuilding my life one run at a time…... I’m fighting back!

I myself am a long term sufferer of severe OCD, Anxiety and Depression and have been for around 13 years. My main issue being intrusive, negative thoughts that take control of my mind and make it very difficult to focus on general day to day tasks. This results in me feeling incredibly anxious, confused and at times scared. Struggling with this on a daily basis is extremely draining and often causes me to spiral into a sad state of depression.

On the 28th July 2017 I was signed off work long term sick. I remember waking up the following day feeling hopeless, I knew I had to do something! I put on some gym shorts, a T-shirt, and some old trainers and left the house. I started to run…. I was never really a runner, but something just clicked.

The decision I made that day changed my life. In fact, I truly believe it saved my life. The feeling I get after a run is irreplaceable. Yes, it doesn’t last long but when you feel like I do, you live for the moment, and for that moment everything’s ‘OK’.

I’m on a mission to share my story far and wide, In the hope to inspire others struggling in silence to speak out, seek help and fight back. Also, to educate people on one of the most debilitating diseases out there, OCD. An illness so often generalised and trivialised in the media.

Oly Newton

+44 208 123 8250