During my walk of the length of New Zealand myself and those that walked with me raised funds for the Mental Health Foundation…
The walk raised money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation. Their vision is for a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. The Mental Health Foundation is a leader in mental health information and uses its Resource and Information Service and health promotion work to help thousands of New Zealanders each year.
Many of us have been touched by someone who has been affected by mental health issues, or have had experiences of our own. The funds raised from the walk will help save lives and allow others to realise they are not alone and they can reach out for help.
Why this charity?
When I was four years old, my father took his own life. He was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and had electric shock treatment. I can’t even comprehend what he went through but I am sad I did not get to know him. When I was 21, my brother, aged 19 also committed suicide. I haven’t talked to many people about this find it hard to type about it now even though this happened years ago. I have also had a partner of eight years that suffered from depression and I did not know how to help him.
I know I am not the only one with stories like this and I know I need to talk more about mine and listen to others share their experiences. The Mental Health Foundation fits with what I am trying to achieve by their Five ways to Wellbeing Campaign that everyone should apply to their life.
Why should you donate?
Firstly, because you should be thankful that it is me out there walking and not you!
Secondly, because it is a great cause and all the money raised goes to the Mental Health Foundation (I am covering my own costs) who can use it to help promote preventative strategies so mental health doesn’t get to be a problem for those in need.
All donations of $5 or more are tax deductible if you are a NZ tax payer.
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