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[p]As many people know, I first found The Thrive Programme® (TTP) myself after a period of extremely poor mental health and ineffective treatments. Since going through the course and overcoming these issues and building a life I love and am proud of, my passion now is to help people to overcome their own mental health difficulties too, which I am incredibly fortunate to be able to do with my own business! However, I've also decided to really challenge myself personally this year, with a 'Year of Fear' - 12 challenges I've set myself [url=https://www.thrivewithlisa.co.uk/year-of-fear-challenge/](read more here)[/url], one for every month of 2019, to really push my mind and body to the limit with things that will take me right out of my comfort zone. Challenges including abseiling, holding spiders and snakes, scuba diving, swimming the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim in July, singing on stage, dining in a pitch black restaurant, climbing the Eiffel Tower, a military fitness bootcamp, and a mystery adrenaline challenge to round off the year in December...!![/p][p]So I really want to explain who and what I'm going to be fundraising for, and why...[/p][p]The first two relate to alcohol/substance abuse issues (Alcohol Change UK and Action on Addiction), which is something I struggled with in my own journey and my past but also something many others do too, whether it's just having a bit too much, or finding yourself completely stuck in a cycle of substance abuse. It's very possible to find your way out of that dark place, as I did and many others have too, but there is no doubt that we need more research and more help for those still struggling.[/p][p]Alcohol Change UK is a new charity formed as a merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK. They are working to do more to tackle issues around heavy drinkers and problem drinkers, and to educate and help as many people as possible to overcome them. Every day 20 people in the UK alone die as a result of their alcohol use – I cannot emphasise enough how much we need more key research and information in this area to come up with broader policies and ways forward to start tackling this. You can find out more about Alcohol Change here; [url=https://alcoholchange.org.uk/]https://alcoholchange.org.uk/[/url][/p][p]Action on Addiction (a charity which I believe The Duchess of Cambridge is actually a patron of!) has an addiction treatment centre (Clouds House) in Wiltshire which two close people in my life have been through, one on a bursary. These bursaries can give somebody with no money an absolute lifeline, a chance to get away from their cycles of behaviour and start to see recovery as a real option for them. It's not the right choice for everyone, but for some people it can truly be the difference between life and death and is sadly a chronically underfunded area of mental health treatment (hence my support of Alcohol Change UK as well!).[/p][p]Finally, the British Heart Foundation has been a charity my family have supported for a long time - both my grandmother and grandfather on one side of the family passed away from heart-related issues (one fairly young), and other people incredibly close to me have recently been affected by this issue too, so the more research we have to help treat (and even prevent) these issues for more people in future, the better![/p][p]I would love it if you'd choose to support me in taking on these challenges and raising money for three very different but hugely important charities :) And scaring myself sh*tless in the process I'm sure, haha! Lis xx[/p][p][br][/p]