It's the UK's Mental Health Awareness Week this week. Like many of these Awareness themes, it's something that shouldn't be necessary, but still is - due to the ongoing misunderstanding, misinformation, and stigma surrounding mental health issues. Yet it affects 1 in 4 of us each year. .
I suffered with my mental health around 7 years ago. Discovering climbing a few years later was life-changing. Climbing is one of those rare activities that both capture and release at the same time. The very nature of the focus involved when climbing is, bizarrely, what sets the mind free. Discovering this was like a drug for me; one that didn't seem to have any negative side-effects. Energy gain, clearer mind, a sense of achievement, accepting fear, new skills, encouraging friends...
Depression doesn't define me, but it is part of my story. It's something our society needs to be more open about. The climbing community has been overwhelmingly supportive and positive so far. 💛 I wrote my full story for @blackdogoutdoor
and is on their Facebook page. Give them a follow if this resonates with you.
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