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In April 2018 I had a nervous breakdown. It was the bleakest and most difficult time in my life. Without the loving and patient support of my wife, Beth, family and friends I don't think I would have got through it.
I wanted to do this walk a year on to help support young people suffering with mental health issues and to close the circle personally on my battle with the condition.
As an aside, I have also lost (to date as I write in October 2018) almost 6 stone in weight. I had reached a point in life where I thought I would never be able to see the world from the top of a mountain again, I had become so unhealthy. So this is also a celebration of what I have achieved personally in my return to health and fitness.
In addition to this I am releasing a book of the images I make during the 12 months from my breakdown and holding my first solo exhibition in London of some of the work - 100% of the profits from these is also going to the Young Minds charity. The book will be released in the spring of 2019 and pre-orders begin on 01.12.18. My exhibition will be at the Menier Gallery between Tate Modern and The Shard from 17th to the 22nd June 2019, with a private view on Tuesday 18th June at 6 to 8:30pm - to which you are all invited. You can read all about these projects on my blog, on my website - linked below.
I am hoping you may be able to support me in any small way you can to raise awareness of mental health issues and to raise some much needed funds for this excellent charity working hard to help the young who struggle at the beginning of their lives.
I thank you for any support you can give, even if it is not a donation, just retweeting this page, sharing it on Facebook, or talking to others about mental health and offering a hearing ear if you know someone who struggles. These are all positive contributions to make life better for others.
I am walking in March 2019 - almost a year on from my breakdown. I will update this page as we draw closer and I will be tweeting, posting updates on Facebook and making blog posts on my website - if you would like to follow me and my progress towards the walk.
My website is dougchinnery.com
I am on Twitter as @dougchinnery
On Facebook I am Doug Chinnery