Finally 3 years on from that we have decided to travel to a different continent from Anchorage to Imperial Beach on the Mexican border. This is a cycle of 6,000km for which we will be away for 60 days during which we will be trying to avoid bears in Canada, visiting Vancouver, crossing the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, admiring the Hollywood sign before finally chasing to the border! We want to spread the word of both the amazing world available to people by bike through talks yet also try and raise as much money for a charity which many of our friends have suffered from!The number of mental health illnesses is incredible from depression, paranoia and self harm to perfectionism and anorexia. Since having gone to university Alex and I were shocked by the prevalence of such illnesses. Alex especially as a medic has worked in the student GP service and almost every case was depression or stress related and was simply ruining these peoples lives. Both of us have friends who have suffered from things such as this and more.
Mental illness is seen to affect girls most often, however the greatest cause of death for men before the age of 35 is suicide. This is a cultural problem whereby men perceive these problems as a weakness on their part so they bury them often ripping families and friends apart. In fact, every year, 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental disorder and yet it is still seen to be cured by getting on with life with a stiff upper lip due to the fear of being perceived as odd or being deserted.We hope our trip inspires you to do something similar and we also hope that we can spread the word about Mental Health so that you understand its prevalence in order to reduce the stigma so people no longer have to hide it.