I am doing Tough Mudder on Sunday 15th June in order to raise money for COPE Scotland. COPE are a small, local registered mental health charity. Recently they have been funded by Glasgow City Council but for a substantial number of years they have heavily relied on goverment grants and generious donations.
Everyone has their own battles that no one knows about. Mental health is one of the most painful and life threating illnesses in the world yet people have nothing but ignorance toward it! Ignorance toward mental health is one of the main reasons people fear of seeking help.
I choose this organisation as it's close to my heart!
Having battled with depression and anxiety for most of my life COPE have helped me, people I know and countless others control and overcome our issues in ways we never thought possible.
- Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
- Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
- Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
- Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.
- Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
- Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
- Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
- Myth: People with mental health problems don't experience discrimination.
- Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
- Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
- Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
Approximately 25% of people in the UK have a mental health problem during their lives. Your mental health can affect your daily life, relationships and even your physical health. Mental health also includes a person's ability to enjoy life - to attain a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
There isn't a way you can repay someone who has helped you in such ways but to show strength and gratitude! For that reason I chose to do tough mudder to show strength and gratitude to the help and support I recieved by gifting them with a donation which will help them help many others to overcome their problems - Pay It Forward!
SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU IS EXPERIENCING AT LEAST 2 OF THE FOLLOWING:
- BINGE EATING
- BI POLAR DISORDER
- COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
- PANIC ATTACKS
- PERSONALITY DISORDER
- SOCIAL ANXIETY
As we know, for those who don't have the courage, strength and support to seek help, addiciton and suicide are the most common result for those who suffer a mental health problem.
SHOW LOVE. SHOW SUPPORT. DON'T JUDGE. IT COULD BE YOU!
Thank you x
Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12-mile-long (16–19 km) military-style obstacle courses. Designed by British Special Forces to test mental as well as physical strength, obstacles often playon common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The organizers encourage teamwork, and many obstacles are designed to be very difficult to complete alone. The events are untimed,and an average 78% of entrants successfully complete the course!