Competitor Story – Charlie Paradise

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Charlie Paradise who took part in the Chippenham 10k with us.

Since September 2018 I have been undergoing a challenge to raise awareness of mental health in the hope to help normalise it. This is an important subject for me, one that is very close to my heart for a number of reasons including my own experience of struggling with clinical depression in my mid 20s.

One of the biggest barrier to people gaining support is the stigma around the topic, you can feel like your different and no one would understand, but actually mental health is something we all have and at least 1 in 4 of us will struggle with mental health issues. Our mental health is a spectrum and we are continuously moving around on that spectrum, lives events really affect us and therefore it isn’t a sign of weakness to struggle, its completely understandable and normal.

I picked a challenge of completing 1000km in 400 days to represent those 1 in 4 people and I am using physical activity to complete this – run, walk and three bike rides – as physical activity has always helped my mental well being and I believe it can help others too.

The Chippenham 10k was the 4th DB Max event that I am taken on for this challenge, the events have been excellent and really enjoyable. My 1000km is all being completed through events, so its about finding the right ones where the participants are nice, the events are well managed and there is no pressure to be the best- DB Max tick all these boxes.

I have a link if anyone would like to find out more- https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/1in4