Sam Wood

7,500 mile walk from St Malo to Beijing

Fundraising for Mind Jersey
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We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone.


In the last year, according to Samaritans, the rate of weekly suicides for men in the UK has risen from 84 to 94. Suicide for women has also increased, with 30 women taking their own life every week. Now that's roughly 18 people per day, and 1 person every 2 hours that will take their own life ... 

I've experienced the pain and grief that suicide leaves in those left behind, but I've also been in that position of helplessness and despair that so many people think can never happen to them. 

On 1st May 2020, I will be undertaking a challenge like nothing I've ever experienced before, I'll be attempting to walk over 7,500 miles from St. Malo, France across the nearly the entire breadth of Eurasia, all the way to Beijing, China. 

I'll be doing this because whilst I think some progress has been made in terms of the way we think about mental health in the media, with society as a whole, to me it seems that there’s still an underlying stigma that still prevents so many people from seeking the help that they need.

After the death of a close friend, and persevering through my own struggles, I realize the importance of organizations like Mind Jersey and how the work that they do can really make a difference to those that are struggling to cope with their own mental health. It’s why I'll be walking a distance of over 7,500 miles, through some of the most remote and desolate places on Earth. Not just to support Mind Jersey, but to let all those young people out there that are suffering in silence know that they are not alone, and that eventually it will get better. 

A massive thank you to everyone that decides to donate, and just know that you're money is going a long long way towards helping those that so desperately need it !

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Mind Jersey

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Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all and treats people with experience of mental illness fairly, positively and with respect. People who experience mental illness are at the heart of what we do.

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