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Fundraising - making miracles

Here are our top tips for raising more money:

  1. Create a team! With just one friend you could double your fundraising, make it more fun and make fitness a more likely habit!
  2. Ask. Simple. The more you ask the more you get. People who post more than 10x on social media raise 2x as much as people who post 5x. And it’s the same with email. The more people you email and the more often you email the more money you will raise. Don’t be shy, you might make a new friend.
  3. Spread your net. "Prince Harry had this let’s talk about mental health day so I emailed a whole bunch of people. The two people that got back to me I probably had not seen in 5 years. Now we are back in touch."
  4. Set a standard. If your first 3 donations are for £50 each people are likely to follow that lead. If they were for £5 people will follow that lead. Talk your first few friends into giving a decent amount and consider donating to yourself.
  5. Set yourself a target. The higher your target the more you are likely to raise.
  6. Connect to a fitness app. It increases your fundraising. We connect to MapMyFitness, Strava and Fitbit.
  7. Select a photo on your fundraising page. Yes it's supposed to help!
  8. Write a personal story. We know that this is not always possible, and of course that is okay. Talk about your friend Harry.
  9. Say thank you to your friends and family!

Help us raise money to find a cure for mental illness.

We need money to conduct research. But the conversations, high fives and hugs you have whilst you are fundraising can have an impact today. Stigma is not just about discrimination, it affects access to support from friends, family, medical professionals and access to employment. These are some stories about normal people and the stigma of mental health. The stories are true but we have changed people’s identities. It’s mental health. Who will you help today?

How is people’s access to treatment impacted?

"We started comparing our illnesses. His downs, my downs, the medication. I told him about the auditory hallucinations I sometimes had. “Oh yes.” He said. “I had that when I was 14. But my mother told me not to tell anyone otherwise I might end up in hospital."

What prevents people telling their friends?

"We had known each other for 20 years. But she had moved away and had kids so we met less often. When we first knew each other she had these occasional black spots. A week of being down, usually after months of a busy social and work schedule. You need the symptoms of depression for 2 weeks to get a diagnosis. More recently these black spots had lasted longer and then we met and she announced she had been on anti-depressants for the last 2 months and was feeling better. We chatted. I asked if she had told any of her friends in order to get support. "Oh no, that would seem like I was weak."

Beauty and the beast

She was beautiful and a fitness instructor too. We started chatting and I talked about mental health. Two minutes in and she started apologising, I really wasn’t sure what she was apologising for. The conversation moved to her and she talked about her illness. She apologised again. I still didn’t know why. Her face started to flush. She started to hide her face behind the collar of her hoody and then the tears started to flow. People with mental illness often put up an "I’m OK" front. They don’t get to talk about how they really feel all that often. She was so beautiful. It was strange to see her disintegrate into the pain of mental health.

Access to work

He had studied sciences at University, got a good degree, and had been awarded a grant to study for a PhD. His illness caught up with him though and he had to drop out. By the time I met him he was 25 and had had some good jobs. "Why are you volunteering?" I asked. "To be honest I have that many holes in my CV that I am finding it hard to get a job. So, I thought that volunteering would help." 25, bags of potential and already out of work for life?

He has since found employment.

Is stigma stronger than a daughters bond to her mother?

"She suffered from social anxiety. We were just chatting on the phone and anxiety was not something I have first-hand experience of so I said to her. "What’s it like being affected by a condition like social anxiety?" "Oh no, I cannot talk now. My parents might hear."

If you would like to share your story, anonymous or otherwise, please email us at miricylstories@miricyl.org