Hugh and Pam Corbin, from Uplyme in East Devon are planning to ride 800 miles to Turin in Northern Italy to help raise awareness of this greatly misunderstood condition.
The Corbins experienced a tragic loss last year when their 27-year-old daughter Phillippa unexpectedly took her own life after suffering with depression.
With a loving family, supportive friends, a stable boyfriend and a good job working for River Cottage, her decision to end her life was a shock to everyone who knew her.
Although her parents knew she suffered from bouts of depression, they never knew how serious it was.
Phillipa’s father Hugh believes a lack of professional support may have contributed to his daughter’s death: “We think there’s probably quite a weakness at GP level because they’re so busy dealing with people’s physical ailments they perhaps don’t have time to give as much time as they’d like for people suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.”
The cycle-ride will raise money for two charities: The Human Givens Foundation and The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
The Human Givens Approach is a newly developed method of helping people talk about and deal with their depression. The money donated to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust will be spent on projects based in the South West, including depression talks in schools and colleges to raise awareness of mental illness amongst young people.
Although awareness of depression is clearly lacking in the UK, one psychotherapist, Mike Beard, believes GPs are now recognising more cases of depression than ever before.
To find out more about the Corbins’ cycle-ride, or to offer your support, please visit their own website, Slow Ride to Turin.
If you think you might be suffering from depression yourself, you can always get help from a counsellor. To find out more about symptoms and treatment options, please visit our page about Depression.
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