Why are we climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?
● 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year.
● Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
● In 2015, 75% of all suicides in the UK were male. It is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
● By 2030, it is estimated that there will be around two million more adults in the UK with mental health problems than there were four years ago.
As two men that have suffered with mental health issues of varying degrees, we found that there was a stigma around discussing what we were going
through with others. It was only in fighting past these stigmas and barriers, and discussing our issues with family, friends and professionals, that we were
able to get on to a path to recovery.
There is more ‘awareness’ of mental health and the severity of the issue than ever before, but in our opinion still not enough actual understanding or
‘action’. After following various different ‘pathways’ in our own struggles, we found talking to be far and away the best medicine. Through frustration at
the lack of understanding and support on offer, and at how simple the ‘treatment’ of these issues can be with the smallest of educations - we set out to
try and educate as many employers, employees, coaches, friends, family members as we possibly can and in doing so hope to save some lives as we
We will be begin our climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on August 22nd 2019, it will take us 6 days to reach the summit. The climb itself will be a
physical and mental challenge, but by doing this our aim is to raise awareness of mental health and fundraise for Chasing the Stigma who are working
with Everton FC at the lead charity partner, to raise 1 million pound to open up a mental health facility - named ‘The People’s Place. We believe the work
Jake (Chasing the Stigma Founder)has done and continues to do, is groundbreaking and offers both individuals and employers the opportunity to be
more equipped to support family members, friends and colleagues when they may be suffering from a mental illness. It costs £50 to put one person
through the Ambassador of Hope training. Every pound we raise will go towards making the training FREE for future training events in 2019 and the launch
of a National Ambassador of Hope Roadshow.
In preparation for the climb in August, we will be in training, by participating in UK based weekend expeditions. We have a number of fundraising events
planned and a Social Media driven marketing campaign to support the cause - adopting the hashtag #NotOKisOK, and hoping to encourage others to
share in their own struggles, supporting each other along the way.
To fund the climb, we plan to partner with brands and businesses, meaning then every penny raised in donations can go straight to the charity and
cause. We’ve paid for training etc ourselves, so have kept the costs to circa. We are hoping to find one main headline sponsor, to be complimented by
other smaller, sponsors. It’s not just a plea for a handout though, we believe there to be genuine ROI potential for any brands that get involved.
Chasing the Stigma
Chasing the Stigma is an award winning national mental health charity (Est 2016 under registered charity no. 1170757) committed to removing the fear
and unnecessary stigma around mental health issues and making sure that everyone can access the help they need, when they need it.
Everybody in the world has mental health, yet the fear of being judged is preventing too many people from talking about it if ever their mental health
At Chasing the Stigma, we use first hand experiences to disarm and normalise the topic. Through sharing our stories and raising our voices, we aim to
make a difference and change the way society approaches mental illness. In July 2017, Chasing the Stigma launched a revolutionary mental health
signposting tool, the Hub of Hope.