Mental health is something that is very important to us both. We’ve both suffered through difficult times in our lives, and seen those times out. Many people aren’t so lucky. Many people don’t have a network of supportive friends, family and colleagues with the patience, empathy and understanding to help. Many people view mental ill health as something to be ashamed of, or to be scared of, or simply as a weakness. It affects so many people, and really its none of those things; it’s an illness and it’s treatable. And therein lies the rub: sufferers often lack support and understanding, or fear opening up about being unwell. In our view that is among the most damaging aspects; it causes sufferers to internalise their illness, doubt and blame themselves, it destroys their wellbeing, they withdraw and repeat: a process that can be crippling iterative. We don’t have the answer, but what we do know is that, from our experience, openness and support helps a great deal.
We feel Mind do an outstanding job of supporting those struggling with mental health and wellbeing so we'd love you to donate towards their cause. We're aiming to raise £1 per mile cycled; that will hopefully make the pain more bearable.