Climb For Hope by Ashleigh Coyle

Climb For Hope by Ashleigh Coyle

For any of you that remotely know me will be aware I’m a huge advocate for mental health awareness due to my own issues. After this I got in contact with a new local non-profit support group in Derry ‘Me4Mental’ to see if it was possible to help out in anyway and ended up finding myself on the committee contributing to organise help for people who so desperately needed it due to the lack of facilities that are so desperately needed here in Northern Ireland.

So with many fundraising ideas being bounced back and forth among the small amount of committee members, I listened to my stepdaddy’s bright idea of climbing Mount Errigal in Donegal.

I have organised a climb of Mount Errigal on Sunday the 7th of May with all proceeds being donated to Me4Mental and Aurora Counselling (a local counselling service who provide free counselling to people in need). I have set an overall target of £1000 with my own personal target being £250 (please feel free to donate to my FundRazr page whatever you can as every penny counts ). I have decided to ask another 14 people to join me on the climb to make the raising of £1000 a little easier, we do have a few spaces left so get in touch via Facebook if you would be interested in taking part.

Here’s where we laugh, after taking myself off to the Craft Village last week, mid way up Shipquay Street (a shopping street on a bit of a hill for anyone outside of Derry) and nearly passing out is when I realised that this was actually going to be a hell of a lot tougher than when first imagined. But here’s where we throw a huge thank you to Russell Porter @ Corefit (St Johnston) for giving up his time and not only helping me but also everyone else taking part, get ready in the lead up with the first session taking place tomorrow. Considering I’m not the usual gym bunny that will be a blog for another day to see how I manage at these training sessions LOL.

For those of you who may be interested in what we at Me4Mental offer then here is something brief. We are a local support group with wide open doors for anyone of any age suffering with mental health issues or dealing with a friend of family member coping with their mental health problems. We speak with people every day suffering from anything like anxiety and depression to bi polar and borderline personality disorders. We host coffee morning three times a week where we can openly talk or discuss about our suffering, how we are coping or for that matter, not coping or where we can simply just listen and enjoy the company of people who are like minded in a safe environment with strict confidentiality.

Please feel free to join us at the following in the Craft Village:
Monday 10:30 – 12:00 at the Gate Cafe
Wednesday 10:30 – 13:00 at The Cottage
Friday 10:30 – 13:00 at The Cottage

As I’ve stated, this is only a brief write up on what we do and even more brief on regards to what we plan to do long term including opening a 24 hour safe space for people who find themselves in distressed situations.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health, remember that!”

It’s important we start to teach that the culture regarding this topic must change, we must speak out & we must encourage one another to love ourselves.

This week I’m starting with myself, I’m off to make myself feel good, ‘til next week!

Ash x

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