Every year, one in four of us in the UK will experience a mental health problem.
An estimated 450 million people worldwide suffer from such conditions, which puts mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability. Therefore, at Corus Hotel Hyde Park, we have chosen to raise money for Mind – The Mental Health Charity, to give people access to the support and services they deserve.
Staff members have already completed a 10km RunThrough event in Victoria Park, London and we have also hosted a charity bake off event in the hotel. There’s a lot more fundraising activity planned, starting with the Windsor Colour Obstacle Rush on Saturday 18th May and we asked some of those who have taken part so far what has inspired them to raise money for such an important cause.
Sandra, General Manager
"I believe that if we all from time to time were to help someone else for a good cause the world would be a better place. We can all do our bit, have a coffee less and donate that money instead. That little bit of help doesn’t cost us much but could potentially save someone’s life or help them with their well-being. I have seen many lives affected by mental health challenges (within my own family, friends and their families) and noticed that in many countries, the systems in place are not great. It is quite difficult for the individual to get adequate help, so anything I personally can do to improve this I am happy to support."
Nino, Sales Manager
"Mental health is a very tricky thing. It is very hard to speak about it and ask for help and sometimes you are not even aware that you need help. I was suffering with Post Natal Depression, but I did not realise for a long time. Luckily, I had people around me who helped me to get through it, but there are some people who don’t have anyone. Supporting Mind gives me comfort to think every pound raised goes towards the support of the people who don’t have anyone to support them, because I think no one should deal with mental health issues alone."
Richard, Executive Head Chef
"Having worked with children of disability for a number of years, I have come across lots of people with mental health difficulties. In fact, I have family members living with mental health conditions I am well aware of. However, in December 2017 when one of the chefs, Eric Lago, took his own life through a mental health condition, it really hit home with me.
Eric Lago was a talented and hilarious guy who loved cooking, music, football and people. He was a unique character who wanted to live his life doing only the things that he loved. Sadly, on the 4th December 2017, Eric took his own life after an ongoing battle with anxiety and depression. It’s incredibly difficult to come to terms how someone like Eric would end their own life. I was left with feelings of confusion and guilt. Eric did reach out for help, so why did his life have to end?
After doing some deep soul searching and studies, I finally understand more about what Eric was going through. I can now acknowledge that I did everything that I could to help Eric. But it made me realise that mental health still needs a lot more research and awareness to better help others. Therefore, I decided to run for mental health, to highlight what Eric and others have being going through."
You can donate to our JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/corushotelhydepark.
Thank you for your support.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, you should seek the advice and support of your GP as soon as possible.
Alternatively, Samaritans offer emotional support for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 116 123.
To answer any questions about types of mental health problems, where to get help, treatments and advocacy, the Mind Infoline is available on 0300 123 3393 (charges apply). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For legal advice, call the Mind Legal Advice service on 0300 466 6463 or email email@example.com
There are also specialist services that provide treatment, including counselling and other talking treatments, coordinated by a community mental health team (CMHT), usually based at a hospital or community centre. You can contact your nearest CMHT via your local social services or social work team.
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