"As a 4th year psychology student, I am incredibly aware of the importance of mental health in young lives. Early treatment is a crucial factor in bettering the lives of individuals suffering from mental illness. For this to happen, research devoted to unique intervention strategies specific to particular illnesses is essential. I was immediately drawn to the opportunity of getting involved with a charity with such important and significant goals and honoured to be a part of a group that will make a change in children and young lives. Together, let’s make a miracle for mental health.” "
Maria, Miricyl Maker
"Neglected. Ostracised. Bullied. Loved. Betrayed. Travelled. Studied. Down. Depressed. Depression. High flyer. Broken. Waiting list. Misdiagnosed. Recovered. Travelled. Bonus. Fast car. Bigger bonus. Hallucinations. Hospital. Treated. Re-diagnosed. Medicated. Group CBT. Recovery. Discrimination. Redundancy and mortgage free by 33? Down. Hallucinations. More CBT. High flying again. Million pound deals. Climbed mountains. Earnt bonuses. Faster car. More illness. Over medicated. More deals. More bonuses. More discrimination. Under medicated. Felt like the son of God. Felt like hell. Hospital. A third diagnosis. Taught to be patient not treated as a patient (again). Recovered. That’s hard work. Stigmatised by my family. Stigmatised by my friends. Unbowed. Undefeated. A survivor? No a fighter. And yes I still believe in Miricyls."
Alex, Miricyl Worker
"I got involved with Miricyl because although I have fortunately never suffered from mental illness, I know people who have and I can see how debilitating it is from not only a mental angle but also a physical one. Mental illness clearly affects every aspect of a person’s being. Albeit not from first-hand experience, I do sense the pain and utter desperation of those with mental illness; I can also see how it clearly has a negative effect on those closest to them, family and friends, and I sense what a waste of opportunity mental ill-health confers upon its sufferers particularly amongst the young who consequently never get a proper foothold in life, and enjoy and interact with the things I take for granted.
"I have been so fortunate in my life, my upbringing, my work, my family and friends that I am keen to give back where I can. Seeing and knowing of people experiencing mental illness is unsettling and demands a response. I think Miricyl is a great part of the battle for the mentally ill. Much more can be done and spent on research surrounding mental health amongst the young. Catching the problem early is clearly the best way to ensure those who have mental illness, get a chance to live a fulfilling life free of the burdens of mental illness. Let us give young people a Miricyl."
Mike, Miricyl Trustee
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