The facts: 1in4 people within the UK will suffer from a mental health crisis each year and suicide is the biggest killer of men currently, so why is there still so much stigma?
My name is Emily, I’m twenty two years old, I live in the Midlands, I love reading, I sing sometimes, I have two lovely dogs and I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and a form of Bipolar Disorder.
Mind is an incredible charity that aims to close the gap between being misinformed and educated, for both sufferers, family and friends and society. They offer accessible information on getting a diagnosis and how to get help. What medication is available and how to discuss issues with your doctor. Printable booklets for family members who are struggling to understand a diagnosis. And most of all, they are fighting to end the stigma.
Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
I’m refusing to ‘just get by’ and on the 15th of February 2018, I’m aiming to reach the summit of the worlds tallest free standing mountain, Kilimanjaro. It is one of the toughest and thrilling adventures in the world.
Only 66% of those who embark on the task actually summit the Mountain due to the extreme conditions faced. With night time temperatures falling to -20c and battling altitude of 5895m this will be one of the hardest things I’ll ever face.
The trek I am embarking on will take nine days to complete, starting in the African rain forest within a group of thirty other trekkers, all climbing for Mind. During our time, we will have trekked through five different unspoiled eco-systems, gazed at a star-studded Tanzanian sky and walked above an endless ocean of cloud.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is probably one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. Every year, approximately 1,000 people are evacuated from the mountain, and approximately 10 deaths are reported. The actual number of deaths is believed to be two to three times higher. The main cause of death is altitude sickness.
‘It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves’