FUNDRAISERS cycled across Scotland, raising £600 to help Borderers with mental illness, on Saturday, writes Sally Gillespie.
Pedallers Dr Marilyn Aitkenhead, Graeme Nisbet and Glen Jones cycled 65 miles from Inverness to Fort William along the Great Glen to raise the cash for the Borders Recovery Network.
Funded by grants and donations, the network was set up in 2010 by service users and professionals from the statutory and voluntary mental health sectors.
The money raised will go towards helping people recover from mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and others.
The network’s Mr Nisbet said: “We are all passionate about the idea of recovery from mental illness and work to show that there is a way through the misery, hurt and confusion to a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.
“We are user-led, our committee is made up of professionals and service users – people who have suffered from mental illness and are now in recovery.”
Part of the network’s treatment is a series of workshops, funded by the Healthy Living Network, NHS Borders Rehab service – and most recently the bike ride – called Stepping Stones to Recovery, where a person tells their own story of recovery from mental illness, followed by a discussion.
Mr Nisbet said: “One in four people at some point in their life will experience mental illness and many more will therefore be close to someone experiencing this. How we respond to it is important and knowing that recovery is possible is very important.”
The group plans an information day in Galashiels in October. For further information on the network email@example.com