One of the biggest reasons I decided to sit back down behind my laptop and start blogging again, was my recent decision to head on over to China, to trek the Great Wall.
This was a decision made after about 2 cups of coffee too many and a lazy, yet hyper Sunday afternoon. I’d always wanted to do something to raise money for one of the UK’s mental health charities and as soon as I saw this challenge on the Mental Health Foundation’s website, I new I wanted to do it.
I have a whole lot of money to raise before I jet off next year, so I wanted to see if I could connect with like-minded individuals who may want to either follow me on my journey or help me along the way.
Why am I REALLY walking the Great Wall of China?
I have suffered with depression and anxiety for around 12 years, going through good times and very, very low times. In those low times, it felt like I would never actually be normal again. It’s a strange thing depression, those Death Eaters in Harry Potter are 100% physical representations of depression. It really is like a demon that sucks out all the energy, happiness and passion you have stored in your body.
Right now, I feel like I’m in a pretty stable place. My mood is more regulated, I’ve found joy in hobbies and passions again and I wanted to give myself a challenge that would accurately represent how far I’ve come to reach this point.
In the UK, we are lucky enough to have free therapy on the NHS, however this service is hugely under funded and under staffed. CBT therapists are basically given a sheet to read from and a one size fits all solution. But it’s thanks to the UK’s amazing mental health charities, like The Mental Health Foundation and Mind, that people have access to resources and support when they need it most.
If you’d like to lend a hand on my epic journey, then head to my Just Giving page. Any donations are hugely appreciated and I can’t thank you enough for sharing this amazing life experience with me!