The Findlay girls started their challenge on January 1 2013 and
successfully completed it on December 31 2013.Linda said: "We
decided to do this as one of our close family members suffered with
a mental health problem and we know all too well the challenges and
stigma associated with it. The challenge to cover 1000 miles was
very tough but perhaps that is symbolic in some small way of the
challenges associated with mental health problems.The effects of
stigma can often be as challenging as the mental health problem
itself and we wanted to try and change the negative attitudes
people can have towards mental health.Support and understanding is
so important, attitude really can save lives. "
Linda ran an average of 20 miles per week while Catlin walked,
cycled and rowed in between her fulltime studies.
Caitlin said: "We have raised money for such a great cause.
"If I can make one person change their mind and offer support to
someone with a mental health problem then I have succeeded. The
whole challenge has reminded us that recovery is a journey, with
ups and downs, but with belief and hope, recovery is possible."
Kevin O'Neill, public mental health and wellbeing development
manager, said: "On behalf of all who work with and know Linda and
Caitlin I would like to thank them for their commitment to raising
awareness about mental health and challenging stigma.
"I hope their inspirational 1000 mile journey inspires all of us
to open our minds to mental health. Stigma hurts, understanding
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