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[p]I have been lucky enough to be chosen to make up Team England and represent Mind and raise money for this brilliant charity. Our challenge is to walk 40 miles along the historic Offa Dyke National Trail that winds along the Welsh border. Team England will hike from the South while the other begins from the North. The challenge is to cover the distance in just 24 hours, trekking day and night to complete the challenge.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]Unique to Mind, our team trek will test both physical and mental endurance while we walk some of Britain&rsquos most beautiful and unspoilt countryside. It&rsquos going to be tough, but I hope to draw strength and inspiration from my team mates and knowing I am doing something positive for mental health awareness.[/p] [p]Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Through public campaigns, government lobbying and the more than 1,000 services the local Minds have delivered in communities across England and Wales, last year they reached over 7 million people with support and advice.[/p] [p]The mind, like the body, is prone to disease or disorder, and we must end the stigma of mental health problems. My inspiration for doing this is my lovely dad, Trevor, who after a long and brave battle with depression, lost his fight on 14th January 2013.[/p] [p]Healing has been and still continues to be a long and grief-stricken process. There were times when I felt very alone in my grief and there were times when I felt lost and confused. Much like Dad would have done battling day in and day out with his own mental health. Raising money and awareness for Mind enables them to reach out to all those in crisis because no one should face a mental health problem alone.[/p] [p]I have no idea if this is a common dream amongst suicide survivors, but I have it a lot. In my dream, my Dad is still alive and in the same house with my Mum. In the dream, were also aware that he had attempted suicide. We know all the things we later learned. His pain. His fragility. And we all try to keep him safe, to help him work through it. We know the full extent of everything he was going through. But hes alive. Supporting Mind can help others like Dad and provide them with the support they need to beat their disease.[/p] [p]Thank you, Jess xx[/p]