Many of know someone who is struggling this is now sadly a common thing. Mental Health is being brought more into the headlines. Many even in the Outdoor Industry struggle and as you get older it can be hard to cope with aging and health problems. Health problems usually can be fixed or helped but mental health is a huge problem especially after a tragedy , major trauma or recovering from illness. Sadly I know a few who have committed suicide such was their mental state. Most were strong hard folk, the ones you would never think have problems yet they suffered alone. What can we do?

Last week I helped with a video make folk more aware of Mental Health and well being for Scottish Mountain Rescue to help folk ask for help and not worry that asking for help is a sign of weakness.

I have been so lucky being involved in so many incredible things throughout my life. I have like many hit dark days that few will understand. The majority of this was due to my involvement in near 40 years of Rescue work. Myself and many of my pals saw things that few would ever expect on a lifetime. It took years for me realise what happening and support at that time was non existent. My family suffered as my friends did as I tried to cope alone.

I vowed that I would speak out and try to improve things not just for me but for those coming after us. In the military and Mountain Rescue it was hard as on these early days you were treated as an outcast if you spoke out. Sadly a few of the “old Brigade” were not happy that I did speak out and gave me a hard time but in the end it was worth it to me and my team.

Sadly I have seen some incredible strong powerful people struggle with Mental Health and even now folk will not ask for help. Life throws much at us and many who struggle were the hardest folk I know.

So please if you know someone struggling and we all do, please take time and speak to them, listen and help in anyway you can.

There is help out there the first part is asking for it.

Someone a lot wiser than me said ” for years we went out and risked our lives for folk we rarely knew. Yet we have friends who may be struggling and need that friendship and help.” for years we ignored them to me these are those we should look after.

We all know who they are so let’s help in anyway we can.

The hardest thing to do is to ask for help. That is not about being weak but about being brave.

Many of my pals have been brave and spoken out and they are the brave ones.

Comments welcome.

I get great peace from walking every day the Health benefits are incredible,

from Chris –

“And if you prefer to text someone who can help then send SHOUT to 85258”

There is also a video  worth a watch. If you have any more info please contact me and I will add it.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Mental Health Awareness week. Do you know someone who needs to talk?

  1. Charlie Cartwright says:

    Y pic of the Triple Buttresses and reminders of picnics on the boiler slabs by the local, A truly magnificent place For those. Of us that heave been there, your blogs speak for us all and Joss was Ghyll, a natural cathedral.


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