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17 Feb

A challenge for Mind

This year the Ensurance team chose Mind as it’s charity partner for 2021, in this special blog our Business Development Manager Alun Tucker talks about his recent fundraising challenge and why the charity is so important to him.

 

“January can be a very difficult month for many reasons, dark, cold mornings, financial pressures, the Christmas comedown, and this year all of this has been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 and the prospect of more months in lockdown with very little human connection.

 

I wanted to raise awareness of the difficulties many people face by undertaking a very personal challenge.  I committed to run 5k every day in January, not only was I keen to raise awareness and hopefully money for Mind, but also for my own mental wellbeing. Getting out for just 30 minutes a day for a run was a huge mood booster for me and underlined the importance of physical activity in feeling mentally more robust.

 

Too many people suffer in silence with mental health conditions and there is still unfortunately a negative stigma around asking for help, particularly in men, it’s a sad fact that the male suicide rate is so much higher as a result.  The phrase “man up” has been incredibly damaging, underplaying the seriousness of mental health struggles and insinuating that to struggle is somehow now “manly”.

 

I want to play a role in changing this stigma and remind anyone reading this that it is not a weakness to seek help or discuss mental health issue with anyone, be that a family member, friend or trained professional.

 

Mind can, and does help thousands of people in the UK, providing resources, advice and support to those who need it.  The charity has really helped a few of my own friends and people I have worked with over the years who have struggled with some of the everyday things we take for granted, for example not feeling comfortable in a big group of people, or always being anxious about leaving the house, their appearance or the general pressures of keeping up with the Joneses. The build up of home pressures such as managing bills, kids, pets, doing the shopping, activities and holidays doesn’t stop and there’s often a fear that you alone are struggling when everyone else is coping just fine, chances are the majority of people feel exactly the same way.

 

I completed my challenge on 31st January and found that making time for myself for 30 minutes a day was extremely important, especially right now when most of my life is at home!  I hope that I managed to raise more awareness among my family, friends and colleagues of the importance of taking time to look after their mental health but as an added bonus, I was delighted to raise over £2,000 for the charity!

 

I’m looking forward to being able to raise more money and awareness for Mind with Ensurance, but in the meantime I’ll continue to share the message that it’s so important to talk and to seek help if you or someone you know if struggling.  Mind has plenty of resources on its website, so please do look those up.”

 

For more information on Mind click here.

To donate to Alun’s fundraising challenge click here


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