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[p]Hello everyone.[/p][p]On August 4th, I am hoping to cycle 100 miles (with [url=https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/]Prudential RideLondon[/url]) to raise money for [url=https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/]MQ[/url], a mental health research charity. Before I signed up and started training I’d never cycled close to 100 miles. It’s no easy feat and a considerable challenge (for me at least) so I’ve spent most of this year training in readiness. Every penny I raise for MQ (up to £1,000) will be doubled by my employer (excellent motivation!), so any contribution, however small, is gratefully received. [/p][p]MQ was an easy choice for me. If you’d like to know a more about why I’m riding for them please read on….[/p][p]Until a few years ago, I’d had no real experience of mental health illness. Some of you know that a little while after my daughter was born, I saw my partner change from a happy (if tired) new mummy to a very unwell one, with severe anxiety and daily suicidal thoughts. Each day when I left for work I hoped the illness causing her continual urge to jump under a train wouldn't win. It turned out the illness was postpartum psychosis.[/p][p]We were fortunate to have excellent support from the NHS and a wonderful caring consultant psychiatrist (services which many struggle to navigate quick access to). Nonetheless, I was shocked by the treatment approach: ‘there are myriad medications, we don’t know which, if any, will work, or what dose might be appropriate, so we’ll try them one by one for 6 weeks at a time until we hope to find something that works and we start to see improvements'.[/p][p]In the meantime the daily challenges of the illness and risk of suicide were ever present. When the third medication worked, and after a very long 3 months, mummy’s mental health started to improve and in the longer term she made a full recovery. Our daughter, who is now 4, was, very fortunately, entirely unaffected. We feel very lucky. Not every similar story has a positive outcome.[/p][p]What shocked me most was that trial and error was the only approach available. No tests to identify which chemical was deficient in the brain and no clear path to treatment. Each and every one of us is unique. Each and every person suffering with mental illness is different to the next, and their responses to medications are equally different.[/p][p]I always wondered why they don’t know more. The answer is quite simply, there is very little funding for mental health research. We often hear about physical health research. In fact while £9 is spent on research per person affected by mental illness, £228 is spent on research per person affected by cancer. Mental health research is currently where cancer research was 30 or more years ago.[/p][p]MQ focus on filling this gap and researching cause and treatment across many mental health illnesses. [url=https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/mission/vision]https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/mission/vision[/url][/p][p]Thanks for reading and please help me to support this very worthy cause![/p]