GO GETTER: ELYSE FOX

GO GETTER: ELYSE FOX

ELYSE FOX OF SAD GIRLS CLUB RUNS TO GET HAPPY

ELYSE FOX OF SAD GIRLS CLUB RUNS TO GET HAPPY

“I ‘choose go’ when I am fearing risk,” says activist and filmmaker Elyse Fox. “I like to confront risk face-to-face and believe in myself.” She makes this statement confidently, but quickly follows up to explain that the journey to a healthier sense of self hasn’t been an easy one. In the months before she founded Sad Girls Club, an online and IRL platform for women and girls who suffer with mental illness, Elyse created a 30-second trailer of a short documentary detailing her own struggles with depression, released it on Instagram—and then promptly deleted the app from her phone. “I was so shook to release the film,” she remembers. “My friends were texting me, saying, ‘Oh my god. This is amazing. Can I see the film now? Can I see it now?’ And I was afraid up until I released it to the public. I didn’t really watch the film until it had been out for like six months.”

“I ‘choose go’ when I am fearing risk,” says activist and filmmaker Elyse Fox. “I like to confront risk face-to-face and believe in myself.” She makes this statement confidently, but quickly follows up to explain that the journey to a healthier sense of self hasn’t been an easy one. In the months before she founded Sad Girls Club, an online and IRL platform for women and girls who suffer with mental illness, Elyse created a 30-second trailer of a short documentary detailing her own struggles with depression, released it on Instagram—and then promptly deleted the app from her phone. “I was so shook to release the film,” she remembers. “My friends were texting me, saying, ‘Oh my god. This is amazing. Can I see the film now? Can I see it now?’ And I was afraid up until I released it to the public. I didn’t really watch the film until it had been out for like six months.”

Fox fought through those fears one day at a time, and these days, Sad Girls Club has tens of thousands of fans and followers who clearly identify with the club’s three primary goals: removing negative stigma around mental health conversations, providing mental health support for girls without access to therapy and treatment, and creating real life, zero-judgement communities for women and girls. “We’re like a middle man between your therapist and your immediate friend group,” she explains. As a mental health activist, Fox is acutely familiar with the benefits of physical activity, which is how she arrived at running in the first place. “Running boosts your serotonin levels,” she says. “And it gives me a personal goal that I can just measure on my own. I’m not beating myself up if I don’t make the right time. [And I’m] creating my own way of self-care that doesn’t involve anyone else.” 

Fox fought through those fears one day at a time, and these days, Sad Girls Club has tens of thousands of fans and followers who clearly identify with the club’s three primary goals: removing negative stigma around mental health conversations, providing mental health support for girls without access to therapy and treatment, and creating real life, zero-judgement communities for women and girls. “We’re like a middle man between your therapist and your immediate friend group,” she explains. As a mental health activist, Fox is acutely familiar with the benefits of physical activity, which is how she arrived at running in the first place. “Running boosts your serotonin levels,” she says. “And it gives me a personal goal that I can just measure on my own. I’m not beating myself up if I don’t make the right time. [And I’m] creating my own way of self-care that doesn’t involve anyone else.” 

Fox has also discovered one of the secret pleasures of running: it makes for excellent people-watching. “I like to see people’s faces and people’s fashion and overhear conversations,” she says, laughing. And she’s also found that running is the perfect way to get to know your own neighborhood—or venture away from home. “I like running around my neighborhood, Bushwick, because I never took the time to actually look around. I’m usually going to the train or going to the bodega. But when you run, you get to experience your neighborhood in a different way.” 

 

Choose Go with Elyse and the Sad Girls Club community on 4.22 as they run and experience their city like never before.

Fox has also discovered one of the secret pleasures of running: it makes for excellent people-watching. “I like to see people’s faces and people’s fashion and overhear conversations,” she says, laughing. And she’s also found that running is the perfect way to get to know your own neighborhood—or venture away from home. “I like running around my neighborhood, Bushwick, because I never took the time to actually look around. I’m usually going to the train or going to the bodega. But when you run, you get to experience your neighborhood in a different way.” 

 

Choose Go with Elyse and the Sad Girls Club community on 4.22 as they run and experience their city like never before.

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