From Leeds to London: Fundraising for Rethink Mental Illness
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Recently we spoke to Joe, who has opened up about his mental health journey, and the amazing way he plans to raise money to support Rethink Mental Illness. Below Joe tells his story.
Hi, I’m Joe and I have set myself a challenge to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness which I have called Leeds2London.
On April 14th 2017, I will be setting off from Leeds and running to London and then running the London marathon, all within 10 days! The reason I am doing this is to hopefully raise money to help Rethink Mental Illness, reduce the stigma around mental health. In this blog, I wanted to tell a little more about me and about why I want to help in any way I can to reduce stigma.
I am a registered mental health nurse but my journey started back when I was around 12 years old. It was at this age that my mum started to show the first signs that she was struggling with her mental health. My mum was subsequently detained under the mental health act and would later undergo ECT.
Mum was later diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I had no idea of mental health at this age but all I could do was be there for her in any way I could. I saw things that not all young people see, or should ever see, but that has made me who I am today.
I am proud to be a nurse and proud to be able to take on a challenge that I hope will raise money but also help with getting the message out there that everyone should feel they can talk about mental health.
I have the belief that if we train and raise awareness to as many people as possible, we will then create environments where people feel comfortable to talk about their own mental health.
Mental Health can feel lonely, it can be that others do not understand or do not know what to say but this can and will change. This year the London Marathon is being described as the mental health marathon and the increase in promotion of mental health is noticeable.
This challenge is going to be tough but I am really looking forward to it.
Recently my mum was diagnosed with early onset dementia, so her journey continues, but mental health is not what makes my mum, mental health is something that we work on together, so that life goes on for her in the happiest and most enjoyable ways!
Want to hear more from Joe? Follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! You can also support Joe by donated to his Just Giving page.
If you are interested in running and fundraising for Rethink Mental Illness, please get in touch with our events team on firstname.lastname@example.org