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#UKCharityWeek Founder Talks Mental Health In Brave Interview To Help Others

The founder of the national charity social media campaign, #UKCharityWeek, has today put his own anxiety and fears of public speaking aside to speak out in support of those currently suffering from Mental Health conditions.

Lee Rayment who has suffered five close bereavements of late, but has since gone on to save the lives of two people in separate incidents. One in front of 4,000 people and another at the scene of a horrific road accident, wanted to use his campaign as an opportunity to get people talking mental health, following his battle with mental health.

Ahead of the interview, Lee said:

“I have a lot of respect for people like Matt Haig, Frankie Bridge, Ruby Wax, and Alastair Campbell. I could go on, Steven Fry, of course, it takes a lot for people to drop your guard in a selfless effort to help others.

“I’ve performed CPR in some of the most stressful scenarios possible, but I have never felt as nervous like this, putting my feelings on the line for others to judge. I sincerely hope I help people understand that they are not alone in what they are going through.”

Mental Health is again in the news today following the publication of the independent review of the Mental Health Act.

Responding to the review #UKCharityWeek’s Official Partner Charity, SANE‘s Marjorie Wallace, chief executive, said: 

“The need for this review springs directly from the fact that psychiatric services are a broken system. More than half of mental health patients in hospital today are detained under section compared with less than ten per cent thirty years ago, a disproportionate number from black and other ethnic minorities.

“One reason for this is the continuing, relentless closure of psychiatric beds, which means some doctors can only obtain the care and treatment their patients need by having them sectioned and deprived of their liberty.

“Shockingly, those who have been detained report appalling experiences, with acute psychiatric wards so squalid and threatening that they refuse to be readmitted unless forced to do so.

“SANE hopes these recommendations might lead to more therapeutic conditions on existing wards, the creation of new safe places so that the police never need to use cells, and patients being supported when they are at highest risk after discharge. Inpatient treatment needs to be a positive experience, not a punishment.”

The problem does not just stop at adults, a recent survey from another of #UKCharityWeek’s Official Partner Charities, the Mental Health Foundation, has found that over one in four (26%) schoolchildren aged between 10 and 15 are worried or sad about their families not having enough money.

The survey of 1,323 schoolchildren in Britain was carried out by YouGov as part of the charity’s ‘Make It Count’ campaign and looked at the key sources of anxiety in young people.

This finding adds to a body of evidence which shows that financial pressures are a major cause of stress and mental health problems. Earlier this year, the Mental Health Foundation found that one in five adults (22%) said that ‘not having enough money to meet basic needs’ caused them stress. This was one of the top three listed sources of stress in the nationwide survey.