Hiking across Ireland, one anxious step at a time, for Mental Health Ireland.
Everyone has mental health, however some of us are more aware of it than others. Most often, we become hyper-aware of our mental health after being diagnosed with a mental illness. From a young age I've struggled with my mental health. Anxiety, depression, and self harm are a part of me that I don't remember ever being without. Yet for many years, I kept that fact to myself. The medical system and the world around me led me to believe that admitting to fighting a battle with my own mind made me weak and undesirable.
Mental Health Ireland is an organization that helps people such as myself. It is a national voluntary organisation which was established in 1966 as the Mental Health Association of Ireland. MHI’s aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities in Ireland. They have a network of 92 Mental Health Associations throughout the country, all led by volunteers. Their Mental Health Associations fundraise to organise outings and events for those struggling with mental health in their communities. Furthermore, as an organisation they are doing all they can to help vanquish the stigmas surrounding mental health. The stigmas are many and it's my goal to be a part of putting an end to them. The state of ones mental health should never be a point a shame!
A large part of my recovery was being active outdoors - pushing myself physically. In the mountains, my anxiety quiets down to a low whisper and my heart beats steadily. So what better way to fundraise for MHI than by pushing myself past my limits, physically and mentally? I'd like to encourage you to not only donate to my cause, but to join me on the trail!
Thank you for all the support, and I truly look forward to seeing how much good we can collectively do!