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.