We want to introduce everyone to Simon Phelps, who will be walking the Somerset coast at the end of August to raise money for Chasing the Stigma.
The 60 mile trek will take Simon 3 to 4 days to complete, and during the walk he will be discussing suicide and, in particular, male suicide on his social media channels.
Simon, a wildlife photographer, became aware of the crisis within mental health when he learned that suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. This statistic shocked him, and he has since striven to raise awareness of suicide and mental health in general.
After becoming more open about his intentions, he found that suicide had touched the lives of some of his closest friends and family, and this had a marked effect on him. Despite the work we and others are doing, there is still a stigma attached to discussing mental health, even within close knit friendships and families — so the fundraising Simon is doing is vital in helping us to further our work and save lives.
As Simon puts it himself: “I always think if you care about something you should do something about it, in what little way you can”.
We are so happy and proud that Simon has chosen our charity to donate the proceeds of his walk to. We will be with him every step of the way, and if you would like to support Simon on his Somerset quest, you can donate here.
If you’ve been inspired by Simon’s story and want to fundraise for us to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and help us to provide essential and innovative services to those in need, drop us a line!