Over the past four years, my 100 “challenges” to raise mental health awareness were completed on behalf of (and with the full support of) Mind (2014) and Time to Change (2015-17).
Although that first year included some fundraising – over £1,000 was raised for Mind thanks to the amazing generosity of so many people – the work on behalf of Time to Change was purely to raise awareness and to reinforce the message that it is fine to talk about mental health and being able to ask for help is a sign of courage and strength.
As some of you will know, I have been offered the chance to share some of my own mental health experiences and the story of the 100 challenges by Trigger Press, a mental health publisher based in Newark. This blog is not about promoting the book (rest assured there’ll be promotion overload in the very near future!); it is simply to highlight the work being done by Trigger Press, but perhaps even more importantly, to make you aware of their parent charity the Shaw Mind Foundation.
It is a name that will be new to most of you (as it was to me), but a quick look at their website was enough to make me realise not only how fortunate I am to be involved as an author, but also how right it feels that my 2018 challenges should be undertaken to raise awareness of their amazing work, and that I try to support both Trigger Press and the Shaw Mind Foundation in any way I can.
Again, this is not a request for donations (that will come in the lead up to July’s skydive!), just a gentle nudge to visit their website if you have a few minutes to spare, and see for yourself what the Foundation is doing to support and improve the lives of those in need.
What I love is the fact that the proceeds from the sales of the Trigger Press books are ploughed back into the charity, so that the maximum amount of help can be given. The organisation runs projects and events in addition to offering recovery and support books; there are some dedicated and genuinely inspiring people doing great work and making a real difference … here’s the link; please have a look.