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“Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.” – Time To Change, one of Mind’s official partners
I am running the London Marathon 2019 for Mind! This is going to be a real challenge for me but I’m committed to run for a cause that is very close to my heart. More people struggle than you think, look around you.
I am running for my sister. Becky has struggled with her mental health her whole life. As a teenager she was referred to CAMHS and continually struggled to manage anxiety and regular panic attacks. In October 2015, at the age of 25, she was diagnosed with depression and was on leave from work for over 5 months, before returning to part-time. A year later in November 2016, she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. This was a positive step for both Becky, her friends and our family. It helped her to understand why she felt the way she did, and it helped us to understand how to support her. Knowing my sister has made an attempt on her life breaks my heart, I couldn’t imagine life without her. But knowing she has built herself back up from there makes me so proud. Becky is now working full time, taking on more and more responsibilities within her primary teaching job, has a steady relationship, owns a house, is continually getting stronger, and is the happiest she's ever been. She has always been by my side, and I will always be by hers.
I completed a 5-mile tough mudder event with my sister in July – I am so proud of her! I’m taking on a 10-mile version in just two weeks at the end of Septemeber. Then I’m just going to keep stepping it up! Please support me and Mind along this journey and donate anything you can to help me reach my target.
Thank you! Ellie x