TV and Radio presenter Zoe Ball highlights the issues surrounding mental health in her cycling challenge for this year’s Sport Relief.
Catch up on her Hardest Ride Home journey from Blackpool to Brighton on BBC iplayer. Highlighting the staggering statistics of 6,000 suicides across the UK every year, with men three times more likely to take their own lives than women.
Mental health issues are very close to Zoe Ball’s heart following the tragic death of her boyfriend last May. Cameraman Billy Yates, had been living with mental health issues for years and his death has left her with “lots of questions.”
Zoe Ball is taking on an mammoth cycling challenge to raise awareness of mental health and will be making a documentary along the way where she will visit projects helping people living with mental illnesses – anything from self-harm, anxiety, depression, bereavement and bullying.
She said the challenge was about “spreading some awareness and hopefully helping people find the right help and some hope”.
Our good luck and support go to Zoe Ball as she takes on her cycling challenge and campaign to help raise awareness for mental health.
In the UK, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem over the course of a year. Since the last Sport Relief more than 50,000 people in the UK living with a mental health problem have been helped, through funded projects that increase public awareness, helping to reduce the stigma and recognise the importance of good mental health.
Sport Relief is held every two years and this year is taking place from 17 to 23 March.
If you’re struggling with your mental health and would like to talk to someone, call for an appointment today we have five centres across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire: