There is strength in seeking support.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency please call 911.

If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone. Your well-being is important, and there is help available. Reach out to supportive friends, family, or professionals who can provide assistance. These are resources designed to guide you through difficult times. You matter, and help is just a conversation away.

National Resources

Mental health and suicide prevention: 988

Available November 30th, 2023, You will be able to call or text 9-8-8 from anywhere in Canada for free and be directed to the appropriate mental health crisis or suicide prevention service in your area.

Canada Suicide Prevention Service:

1-833-456-4566 (phone)
45645 (Text, 4 p.m. to midnight ET only)

In Quebec (French): Association québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553)

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, live chat counselling at

Newfoundland and Labrador

Mental Health Crisis Line 24 Hour: 811

Bridge The Gap: Find mental health services in your region

Lifewise Warmline: Available in both French and English, the Warmline offers mental health support and information from trained Lifewise staff to the public 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Check out their website for hours as well as services including peer group, family and 1:1 support.

(En) 1-855-753-2560
(Fr) 1-833-753-5460

Wellness Together: Browse helpful articles, build coping skills with online courses, get in touch with a counsellor and track your progress:

About Joy Run

Uniting Hearts, Uplifting Lives

At Joy Run, every step we take is a declaration that every life holds immeasurable value. We come together as a resilient community, bound by the threads of love, memory, and the shared commitment to making a difference. Our purpose is profound yet simple: to promote mental health, raise awareness about suicide prevention, and pave the way for change through the joy of trail running.

A personal journey of hope

The beauty of nature has a remarkable ability to inspire and heal, and the kindness of the human spirit binds us all together. Joy Run brings these two elements together in a harmonious symphony of hope, resilience, and unity.

Whether you’re a passionate runner, an advocate for mental health awareness, or someone seeking a community of understanding, Joy Run welcomes you with open arms. Together, we stride towards a future where healing is accessible to all and no one walks the path of pain alone.

Video Courtesy of CBC

  • Tanya Joy

    Mental Wellness Speaker

    Tanya Joy

    Mental Wellness Speaker

    The driving force behind Joy Run is Tanya Joy. Tanya is a personal coach and mental wellness speaker Inspiring survivor of a suicide attempt, a suicide loss and a Mental Health Advocate.

    In the midst of her own grief journey, Tanya found solace in the world of trail running. It was amidst the serene beauty of nature and the camaraderie of fellow runners that she discovered a pathway to healing.

    Tanya’s motivation to start Joy Run emerged from the profound loss of her beloved brother, Jody, and her own personal mental health struggles in recent years. With unwavering courage, she transformed her personal pain into an urge to make a change. Through Joy Run, Tanya seeks to honour Jody’s memory by creating a space where individuals can find healing, support, and unity.

    Tanya has level 1 and 2 certification as well as run, jump throw for children 5 – 9 with Athletics Canada.

    Tanya’s mental wellness speaking topics reflect:

    • What Matters To You
    • Happiness and Positivity
    • Resilience
    • Mindset & Attitude
    • Holistic Healing Connecting to Land and Nature
    • Moving Through Grief
    • Gaining Control Of Your Life & Decisions
  • David Sturge

    Lead of Giving Back

    David Sturge

    Lead of Giving Back

    Born in Labrador City, David’s connection to the land runs deep shaping every facet of his life’s journey. From an early age he roamed his homeland, forging a profound bond with the natural world through hunting, fishing, outdoor sport and recreation. This bond would stay with him forever and carry into his career with Parks NL, the creation of his conservation organization, Clean Coves Inc. and well as a dedicated volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

    It was in his childhood that he held his father’s Argus Cosina, a simple 35mm film camera that would ignite a lifelong love with the art of capturing moments frozen in time. For David photography isn’t just a hobby. It is a way if life that allowed him to see the beauty of culture, humanity and the natural world through a different lens and share it with the world. In 2023 he started David Art to begin his new perspective on life and photography dedicated to capturing the essence of humanity within the province and beyond.

    His passion for sport, nature and mostly for his wife lead to the organic progression as an ultra marathoner who finds solace and inspiration amidst rugged terrain and towering mountains. His adventures are about immersing himself in the raw untamed beauty of the natural world and pushing himself beyond internally set boundaries.

    David is also a dedicated advocate for mental health awareness. Drawing from his own experiences and his partner Tanya, he seeks to break down stigma surrounding mental illness and promote greater empathy support for those struggling with their mental well-being. After a recent diagnosis of ADHD and PTSD he is finding healthy ways to conquer the discovery of these lifelong barriers and contribute to creating safe spaces and conversations to encourage the mental and physical well being of others.

    Since 2019, David has been documenting Tanya’s extraordinary journey as she trail runs her way across mountains and rugged terrain: From the majesty of Gros Morne and the Long-Range mountains to the intense beauty of the East Coast Trail. Inspired by her grace and determination, David compares her running to a dance, as she moves with a lightness and agility that defines gravity. He calls her “The Amaguk” (wolf in Inuktitut) to describe her mysterious natural ability to instinctively navigate complex and technical terrain and run with ease for great distances. Through his photography, he not only captures Tanya’s physical prowess but also her profound connection between movement, nature and the human spirit.

    David Sturge is more than a man of adventure and creativity: he’s a visionary storyteller, and a beacon of hope for those navigating the complex landscape of mental illness. Through his art and advocacy, he hopes to inspire others to connect with the land to embrace adventure and to cherish the places and spirit that shape us all.


  • Julie Dwyer

    MSc, PhD (c)

    Julie Dwyer

    MSc, PhD (c)

    Julie is is the founder of Ease, a consulting firm focused on mindfulness education, training & mental performance. She works with corporate organizations across government and private sectors as well as high performance athletes including the NL Growlers, HockeyNL, NLVA & Canada Games across a variety of sports including karate, swimming & gymnastics.

    Julie holds a M.Sc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied mindfulness based interventions for anxiety. Prior to starting her PhD, Julie completed a graduate program in Clinical Epidemiology at the MUN Faculty of Medicine and held a clinical position in an outpatient pain program for five years. She is currently completing a PhD in Experimental Psychology (behavioral medicine) at Memorial. Julie’s research concentration is in Health & Wellness, with a focus on chronic pain management.

    Julie’s mission is to make mediation accessible and adaptable for the modern world. She recently co-founded the Centre for Mindfulness NL, the first evidence-based, trauma-informed mindfulness institute in Atlantic Canada.

  • Celebrate Life, Remember Loved Ones, & Run for Tomorrow

    Embrace the healing power of nature, the strength of shared stories, and the unbreakable bonds that uplift us as a community.