After setting myself and completing forty tasks in behalf of the mental health charity Mind in 2014 (as well as having being given notice of redundancy and having to find a new job), I was always going to need a bit of a break—both to settle in to my new work surroundings (great job, lovely people), and to recharge my batteries.
But after a wonderfully relaxing week in Crete, and getting through a tough but hugely rewarding 12 hour solo darts marathon for Grangetown Netball Club, I’m officially back!
With the darts being classed as no.41, I have now compiled a list of tasks numbered 42 through to 60, which I will undertake to promote Mind’s “Time to Change” programme. For this second set of challenges, there will be no fundraising or time limit, just a desire to use or share my “lived experiences” of mental health to somehow make a positive difference.
As last year, some of the tasks will require a fair bit (or a lot) of planning, others a great deal of mental and/or physical effort. Hopefully some will be enjoyable, but a good few will really test or push me—but I gain very real strength from a sense of achievement, and I know just how much strength it takes to face up to, talk about and fight against mental illness.
The subject clearly retains some sort of stigma, and although I haven’t personally experienced or seen any discrimination, there is no doubt that it exists. If it’s “time to talk” about mental illness, then I’m willing to do just that, so I’ve already registered as a “Time for Change” champion. I might not be able to make much of a difference... but that won’t stop me from trying.
The new list can be found below. Blogs and updates will follow... but for now, I think I need to get on that exercise bike.