Suicide is still the largest cause of death in men under the age of 49.
Over 6,000 people will commit suicide every year in the UK and 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health issue in any given year. The stigma surrounding mental health is still preventing thousands of people from speaking about their issues and from getting the help that they need.
The 100 Streets Challenge aims to start conversations and open an ongoing dialogue about our mental health. We were delighted to take part in the challenge (which you can complete in your local area until World Mental Health Day on 10th October) this year.
Starting from our head office at Grove Street, we were able to walk up through Dean Village, Inverleith Park, the Queen Street Gardens, Princes Street, The Royal Mile, The Grassmarket, part of the Edinburgh canals and then finish right where we began.
Although the walk was fantastic, and we would thoroughly recommend that you complete the challenge if you are interested, it was important to us to really focus on what is at the heart of the challenge. We wanted to begin talking about mental health both within Fountain Court Apartments and also with many of the companies that we work with on a daily basis.
The challenge took us over 8 hours to complete because of this. A lot of our partners really opened up about their own experiences with mental health as well as people they have lost due to suicide. Support in Scotland are able to provide fantastic services for those suffering from mental health issues across the country, even if it is just for a person to speak to.
We would like to thank Milk, Hard Rock Cafe, Cote Brasserie, Badger & Co, Copper Blossom, Gusto, BURGER. and Akva for donating their time and also for helping us to open a dialogue. We were really humbled by whole experience.
We were also able to stop in at our Grove, Royal Garden, Stewart and EQ2 Apartments to get the rest of our team talking and thinking about mental health. A big shout out to all of our fantastic staff team who stopped to have conversations with us about mental health.
And of course, we need to give a massive thank you to Nicole Bell from Support in Mind Scotland for joining us across our journey and being able to inform us all about mental health and how to seek help. Although you might not personally require their services they could benefit somebody in your life.
All in all it was a very eyeopening and humbling day.
If you are interested in the challenge you can find out more information at the 100 Streets Challenge website.