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Julie is taking part in a sponsored walk in Birmingham in aid of CLASP, a charity focusing solely on the stigma of mental and stress related illness, emotional life traumas and suicide. The walk starts at 10am in Eastside City Park, follows a 10mile route along Birmingham’s canal towpaths, and culminates in a festival of mental health and wellbeing at Cannon Hill Park, where there will be a chance to chat and a showcase of mental health and wellbeing services and support networks.

Julie said 'I am sure we all know someone who has struggled with The Black Dog at some point....or maybe it is even yourself. It is likely someone very close to you may feel that daily struggle but for whatever reason cannot share the burden and so you are blind.  But we don’t talk about that kind of thing…do we??
For me, it was my gorgeous, beautiful best friend who suffered the perfect storm of her Father's death, a relationship breakdown and the death of a pet. My fun-loving, gregarious friend who couldn't possibly feel depressed.....it's just not in her nature yet for months she could not lift her head from her pillow! Or the popular, handsome 6’4” 18 year old lad with a bleached blond mohican crammed into a little white mini clubman, who played bass in a band, went to gigs and music festivals and danced....boy, did he love to dance!  I was later told he was always a depressive, even back then…. when he took his own life some twenty years later. For goodness sake! I went out with him for nearly a year...I never knew!!'
Please help me to achieve my target and confront the stigma surrounding mental illness. Please donate through my JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Julie-Bullock1  or by texting MXUK90 followed by your donation to 70070.
Thank you for your support.