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The Pan American Highway challenge 2018 is in support of Heads Together. Heads Together is composed of eight charity partners all of which are actively helping individuals and families battle mental health as well as raising awareness. The charity partners are Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Best Beginnings, CALM, Contact, Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and Young Minds. Here you can read case studies of those who have sought help from these charities and the effects they've had on their lives.

March 7, 2018

12-year-old Shannon's mum said, "I just don't know what to do anymore, I can't take this every morning." Her daughter refused to go to school so she had to bring her there and back each day, putting a strain on the family.

Shannon struggled to concentrate in lessons, ap...

February 13, 2018

7-year-old Matthew is deaf. Although he has some partial hearing, he needs to look at people as they are talking to understand them fully.

Matthew's teachers knew about this when he started school, but they became worried that something other than his disability was hol...

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Place2Be provides in-school support to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families and school staff, and expert training for professionals working with children. The charity helps children cope with emotional challenges so they can have brighter futures.

March 12, 2018

“I was at a point where I didn’t know what to do anymore, I’d exhausted my abilities as a mum. But the Helpline picked me up — me and my family. They made me see that I wasn’t going mad and that there was a way forward, we had a plan. I remember coming off the phone an...

February 19, 2018

“It was the first moment I felt like I had real influence. It was special because, when you have depression, you don’t feel like much of what you do has an impact on the world.”

YoungMinds Activist 2017

Our YoungMinds Activist Program is a three-year program structured a...

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YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experience, YoungMinds creates change so that children and young people can cope with life's adversities, find help when needed, and succeed in life.

February 13, 2018

“It’s really nice to see you smile again Daddy”

That was the comment RAF veteran Darren’s nine-year old daughter made after his treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Darren (age 43) joined the RAF 12 days before his 18th birthday. Working in Logistics,...

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Contact is a collaboration of leading military charities, support organisations, the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, UK Psychological Trauma Society and top academics working together to make the most effective mental health support easily accessible to Service Personnel, Ex-Service Personnel and their families.

The Anna Freud Centre has been developing and delivering pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. They are leading the way by campaigning for and creating mental health services built around the needs and experiences of children, young people and their families, and not around the institutions who deliver them.

April 3, 2018

The following case study is a written record of a recorded interview with Sharon whose daughter Maria currently attends the Family School. The Family School is a pioneering alternative provision school for pupils aged 5-14 whose difficulties are beyond what can be handled in mainstream schools. The school was established and is sponsored by AFNCCF and combines mental health support with education in the classroom and parents and carers also attend lessons.

Maria began attending the Family school after being excluded from mainstream school.

No sooner would I get to work after dropping her off to her old school than I’d get a call asking for me to come back and collect her. They said Maria was acting out, not following instructions, not following the routine. Because they didn’t know what to do with her they’d put her in a...

March 30, 2018

The following case study has been written by one of the Centre’s Young Champions who lives with dissociative identity disorder.

My name’s Willow. I’m 23 years old and can often be found paddle boarding by the beach when weather allows it. I enjoy spending time with friends and loved ones just like most 20 something year olds.

When I wake up tomorrow I may not have the same abilities I have today or be able to present myself in the same way. I could be hiding away like a terrified child or I might spend the entire day by myself reading novels.

I have dissociative identity disorder which means that sometimes, the part of me currently steering my personality and influencing my choices takes a backseat and another part of myself becomes present. This other part of me can have vastly different abilities, may be unable to do th...

February 21, 2018

I am Charlotte, a 24-year-old disability and mental health activist in Bristol. As a young person living with both physical and mental illness, I have much experience using health services. I was referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) when I was 17 after a long period struggling with depression, anxiety and anorexia.

Despite the fact that I was the one living with these illnesses and receiving treatment, my opinions were never considered during my time under CAMHS. I was not involved in decisions and was completely dictated to. It was as if my views were invalid - I felt more like a bag of symptoms than a human being. This made me despondent and non-compliant. Having the space to weigh up even the smallest of choices would have made me feel like I had some control at a time when a lot was being...

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March 28, 2018

Mind campaigner James Downs felt angry and let down by the lack of support he received from mental health services when struggling with his eating disorder. After getting involved with Mind, he found a way to turn that anger in to something positive.

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February 28, 2018

About Mind: We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental he...

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No one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Mind supports millions of people every year through our helpline, information services and online communities. Mind also have a network of local Minds providing face-to-face services tailored to communities across England and Wales.

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