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Matthew Bourne

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My story

[p]Dear Friends[/p][p]I'm trying to raise awareness of the work of the charity Mind; specifically, the free online peer support forum "Elefriends".  The video is about a minute long and will give you some idea of what the forum is about.  Please take a moment to watch:[/p][p][url=https://vimeo.com/60585844]Elefriends Video[/url][/p][p]On 25 September I'll be running the Great Bristol Half Marathon in a Mind running vest, in support of this great forum.[/p][p]Elefriends was recommended to me in December 2015 by an old friend when I told him about the difficulties I was facing.  Men, I think, try to fulfil the role of [b]protector and provider[/b], and we often just [b]don't talk[/b] about our personal challenges.  I certainly didn't, and the long-term effects on me were both [b]unwelcome and frightening[/b].  Luckily for me I was surrounded by good people who wanted to help; the advice I received from my friend, as much as I did not want to hear it at the time, was spot on, and I heeded his words.  One of the first things I did was to sign up with the Elefriends forum.[/p][p]Elefriends has helped me to feel far [b]less alone[/b], like I belong to a community that understands something about my story. I've gained a better sense of perspective through seeing just how extreme other people's issues can be, and through trying to help some people I've reconnected with some of my deeper personal qualities. I've enjoyed the [b]sense of safety[/b] that comes from anonymity and the moderation provided by the Ele. Most of all I've been struck by the [b]warmth and energy[/b] of the responses people give freely and [b]without any expectation[/b] of receiving anything in return.[/p][p]I have been [b]inspired[/b] by much of what I have seen within the Elefriends forum, deeply shocked by the nature and intensity of the issues that people face, and I want to help them.[/p][p][/p][hr/][p][/p][p]In asking for your support, my goal is to stimulate conversation.  I want you to mention this to your friends, your family, your colleagues.  There is a growing social focus on the fact that the [b]most likely cause of death for males in the UK under the age of 45 is suicide[/b], as explained by CALM:[/p][p][url=https://www.thecalmzone.net/2016/09/the-thing-most-likely-to-kill-me-is-me/]"The thing most likely to kill me is me"[/url][/p][p]Please, keep your eyes and ears open.  As explained by HRH Prince Harry in a BBC interview, [b]nobody is immune[/b] to the effects of suffering from poor mental health:[/p][p][url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36880847]Prince Harry "regrets not speaking about Princess Diana's death"[/url][/p][p]Your conversation, your listening, your compassion - could make all the difference to someone you know.[/p][p][/p][hr/][p][/p][p]Of course, I've committed to raise funds to help the work of my chosen charity. [/p][p]In their publicity pack Mind has published the following figures:[/p][p][span=background-color: #ffffff;]"[b]£8.70[/b] gives a lifeline to someone in desperate need of support by letting the Mind Infoline team take their call."[/span][/p][p][span=background-color: #ffffff;]"[b]£30[/b] could help us work with Government to promote mental health needs and improve services for years to come."[/span][/p][p][span=background-color: #ffffff;]"[b]£150[/b] could fund a local support group and let people living with mental health problems get back their confidence and self-esteem."[/span][/p][p][span=background-color: #ffffff;]"[b]£250[/b] could fund equipment for an art-therapy group, so that people can express their feelings through art and start the healing process."[/span][/p][p][span=background-color: #ffffff;]"[b]£500[/b] could keep our Legal Advice Service open for a day, helping people understand their rights and receive practical legal advice on mental health issues"[/span][/p][p]For me though, the priority remains on increasing awareness, reducing stigma, and reaching as many people as possible.  I'd be grateful for any donations - a [b]donation of £1 coupled with a like and share[/b] on your chosen social media platform would mean so much.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read this.[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

25 Sep 2016

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Supporters

Oct 1, 2016

Phill

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2016

Nathan Boatwright

Hi Mate Well Done

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 29, 2016

Steve E.

Hope it went well Matthew!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 28, 2016

Simon Lee

All barriers can be overcome with enough support, willpower and determination. Have a great run.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 27, 2016

Lee Jardine

Keep up the good work and hope the run goes well

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 27, 2016

Yogesh

Well done Matt - great cause.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2016

Stig

Communication means a lot - thanks for this

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2016

Heath Hayter

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 24, 2016

Mark Fergusson

Pound a mile Matthew. Looking fwd to hearing how it went.

£13.00 plus £3.25 Gift Aid

Sep 24, 2016

Rob Vaughan

Well done Matt... Great awareness and a fantastic cause... Just keep running!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid