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I have fought many battles against illnesses, most notably cancer. Yet nothing compares to the debilitating effects of depression and the effect it has on your life and those loved ones around you. Even now in the 21st century, it is still an illness that many know little of and it is hugely misunderstood. For people with depression, stigma ultimately results from society developing biases or negative views, such as calling depression a “weakness” or “character flaw” of the person with the disease.

It took me some time to accept I needed help and I hope in some way by speaking of my own battle with the illness, I can shed a little light in the darkness and just maybe help someone else.

So my charity of choice for this world trip is MIND, the mental health charity.

Click on the logo above to find out more about how this charity helps people with mental health problems, the advice and support they offer and how they are raising the profile of mental illness.

Please consider supporting MIND by making a donation on my Justgiving page.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I got your link via my friend Helen Lloyd and your story has inspired me in a number of ways.

When I consider my charitable intentions for 2014 (and those of my website I will keep MIND at the front of my thoughts and aim to do something meaningful for them.

It will be thanks to your story and your will to do your thing that have helped me come to this conclusion.

Thank you for sharing your story and for doing what you do.

    Monday, November 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Helen inspires me, so I know all about getting inspiration from others. If I can do the same, then I’m a happy man!

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

HI Derek. I met you in Vietnam. Your story is so inspiring.

I have mental illness too, but much worse than your case I suffer from both depression and mania. I agree that the fact that society stigmatizes certain types of people is very disastrous for the sufferers. Depression can be awful and those suffer from depression need embracing arms that show acceptance from people around them, rather than cold judgments of those who couldn’t care less.

    Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Things ARE changing, I have seen a much better acceptance of depression in many countries, but I know that Viet Nam is still many years behind Europe for example. I’m hopeful that more people will speak out and raise the profile of this illness, as I myself am doing.

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

I so admire what you are doing to raise awareness of depression. It is such an insidious, debilitating illness and many people just don’t understand that it is not a weakness of personality or an inability to cope. I wish you the best of luck in your trip and am so pleased that you are feeling and doing well!

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