Can you support Gareth and his friends?

Can you support Gareth and his friends?

By Hub Manager on 01/07/2022

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My battle with Mental Health has been a constant back and forth for the best part of 25 years. The specific difficulties I deal with are Depression, Anxiety and Dermatillomania (skin picking disorder).

To begin with it took me 10 years to actually become aware of my difficulties as I originally just assumed this was all part of growing up and it will pass with time. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case and although my difficulties have grown stronger through various trauma, it also made me grow stronger as a person. I know I still have a long journey ahead of me but the improvements I've made already in the past year are a strong incentive to keep me going. I'm now in a position where instead of hiding my problems away I'm able to completely express myself in the hope that I'm able to help others along the way.


The reality is thousands of men suffer from mental health issues daily, many in silence. Many men put on a brave face to the outer world, while inside they are being torn apart.


I have been one of the lucky ones. In recent years I came perilously close to suicide, yet I am still here to share my story. This is down to a few good people, a lot of difficult days and one resolution to survive that has often wavered but never failed.


One of the reasons that I turn my life around is that I managed to tackle this problem directly. Not only did I endure those hard times, but it also made me honest and determined to seek the correct help, along with the necessary tools to overcome my challenges many relating to past trauma.


Through a Community Health Team, I was provided with the support and treatment, 24 hours a day seven days a week, when I was  experiencing Mental Health difficulties, I was also assigned to a Psychologist to work with to identify meaningful activities in my everyday life, and help me develop goals that would help me with my illness, whilst recovering.


These goals included getting back on a bike cycling, an exercise that got me out of the house and out of my head. I cycled alone and sometimes with close Friends for long distances, talking and sharing my loads, which was weighing me down. 


So, on the 9th of July myself and 3 Friends are taking on the challenge to cycle 100 miles from Chelmsford to Cambridge (and back), to raise awareness for Men's Mental Health and to donate to a meaningful and worthwhile Charity, that provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a Mental Health problems. They also provide services, raise awareness and promote understanding.


The chances are that right now you know someone who is  experiencing mental health challenges, whether it be a family member, neighbour or colleague. Unlike other illnesses, mental health issues are not easy to talk about. So, with your support you could help increase the number of people Havering Mind support and improve their lives - you may even HELP save a life!



If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental healthcare professionals who work with the people in severe distress.


Thank you for reading my story and I hope that you can find
a few pennies to donate to this amazing charity.


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