Shoshanna Mitchell, VP of Talent, Culture and Happiness, admirably decided to walk 60km during November 2018 to raise awareness and funds for Men’s Mental Health, and contribute to the Movember challenge.
Having lost a dear friend of hers who had been fighting a mental illness shortly before, her decision carried a huge personal incentive. She well and truly exceeded her target of £750 raising a total of £1336! Speaking on her decision to walk 60km, Shoshanna said, “A dear friend of mine recently took his own life. I’m heartbroken. Ben had been fighting a mental illness. In spite of this, he was always the life and soul of the party. He was a true character, nothing short of a legend and had an enviable energy. He would light up a room and have me laughing until my sides hurt every time I saw him. When you were around him, you forgot all of your own problems. He embraced the now and loved to be silly.
I want to help stop the torment and pain men with a mental illness are experiencing. I want to help prevent their precious lives being lost. I want to help put an end to the anguish, heartache and grief that those who lose a loved one experience. The Movember Foundation is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and I want to help them get there. Help me stop wonderful and loved men, like Ben, dying too young.”
The Movember Foundation have been doing amazing work to help Men tackle issues around Mental Health and provide the necessary support system on a global level. They’re funding ground-breaking projects all over the world, engaging with men where they are, to understand what works best, to help make change happen sooner.