100 Miles for Mental Health
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100 Miles For Mental Health
Victoria, V, Daniel and Alex
Two counsellors are seeking sponsorship for a 100-mile non-stop walk to raise awareness of the benefits of counselling in addressing mental health issues.
Victoria Crowther and Victoria Riches are both voluntary counsellors at the Bromley-based Westmeria Counselling Service, which provides both low-cost charity-based and private counselling. Victoria's partner Daniel, is also taking on the challenge. For several months they have been preparing for the walk, planned for March 8 and 9, starting from Pangbourne, Berkshire, and ending in Bromley, following the Thames Path Trail as far as Greenwich.
About Westmeria Counselling
“There are times when we all need help. Westmeria make counselling affordable and accessible, supporting mental health in our borough. We were established in 2003 to help people in crisis, or just in need of support, with a particular emphasis on those suffering from depression, aiming to reduce the trend of reliance on anti-depressants. We are in desperate need of funding as we take over 400 low-cost referrals a year with no government funding. We rely on running our own fundraising events, often with little outside support or sponsorship and so any public support for us would make a phenomenal difference. The charity has additionally launched a Counselling College, teaching courses and training new counsellors for the borough. In addition we’re now spreading our expert knowledge into companies to offer mental health workshops in the workplace.“
If you would like to understand more about the services offered by Westmeria, more details are available at www.westmeriacounselling.co.uk.
The challenge of walking 100 miles non-stop along the Thames path, finishing at Westmeria Counselling Service in Bromley has great symbolic significance. For some, every day tasks can feel like walking 100 miles, the stress induced by "putting one step in front of the other" can be completely overwhelming. My control room background with London's emergency services has also brought awareness of societal suffering and dysfunction. The emergency service personnel themselves often experiencing more trauma in one shift than most (but not all) of us will experience in a lifetime.
Walking a hundred miles with fellow counsellor V and my partner Daniel, will require a bringing together of mind and body and of harnessing the benefits we can experience by just being outside and really breathing and moving. The River Thames representing the fluidity, nourishment and change counselling can offer and the support V, my partner and of friends who will walk sections along the way, bringing much needed supplies and encouragement, also demonstrates how important our relationships are.
In the two years I have been a volunteer counsellor at Westmeria, I have witnessed the life changing benefits, the affordable and longer term counselling, the charity provides. Through donations and fundraising the charity can help people living with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and the effects of trauma. Please donate generously because this walk represents all of our challenges.
Even though the idea of walking 100 miles has made many of my friends and family gasp in disbelief or scold as being rather foolish, the promise of raising valuable funds for Westmeria is enough to spur me on with this immense challenge! This challenge surpasses my last event where I did the Three Peaks Challenge, so I am hoping that the size of the challenge reaps a benefit in sponsorship.
Having worked in the voluntary sector for a few years now with mental health charities, both as a trainee and now as a qualified psychotherapist, I am 100% confident that the value of therapy for individuals during dark and often lonely parts of their lives is crucial. Providing a safe place where individuals can express themselves and explore their issues without fear of judgement or criticism is priceless. Westmeria is a great and supportive place to work, which embodies everything that is right about counselling, and I am delighted to be doing this for them.
I am delighted to be sharing this experience with Victoria and her partner, as well as my husband, Alex.
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