This August, Louiza will be doing something truly amazing for us at Tyneside and Northumberland Mind… She will be trekking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to raise money! She is hoping to give hope to other who have suffered from poor mental health whilst helping a cause that is close to her heart and end the stigma around seeking support.

Louiza has struggled with poor mental health in the past, living alone at the age of 15 with no family, feeling isolated, ignored, weak, scared, depressed and socially excluded. She believes that recovery is possible, and that having an open culture of talking about mental health and sharing tips for self-care is the way forward.

Louiza said, “You may think I have always been sporty however this is not the case almost all of my life I have detested physical exercise never feeling my body was capable of great sporting achievements. One day something just clicked and I thought why can’t I be capable of such things, why have I put limits on myself and so I began pushing myself for different challenges. First was the challenge of being a gym goer, next was the running; sport runs, fun runs, 5k and 10k runs, open water swimming, body boarding, and skydiving out of a plane at 12,000 Feet! and then shock horror I started going on hikes... for fun!!"

All donations are welcome and you can find a link to Louiza’s JustGiving page here. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. Another huge thank you to Louiza for her help and showing such amazing support.

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