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NEWS EXTRA: Fundraiser Encourages Open Discussions On Mental Health

One man in the Thames Valley has been thanking the many people who've been speaking out about mental health.

33 year old Chris Boothby's been telling us about the journey he's been on in recent years.

He grew up in Reading but now lives in Tadley - and he's told us he's been able to come to terms with his anxiety and how it impacts his life, but it hasn't been easy.

Chris has been explaining more about what happened to him - and why he's working hard now to make sure people don't struggle as much as he did:

"I hit a pretty bad wall with stuff.

"I turned to alcohol and things that weren't really helping - and I did end up in hospital for three days.

"I've turned my life around with support from family, friends and services like CALM.

"There is support out there - it does make a difference - because time will heal."

(Above: Chris on his charity walk - pictures credited to Chris Boothby)

At the weekend, he joined his sister and mother in walking the 60km Just Walk event near Chichester, to raise funds for the charity CALM.

Chris says it's important people we consider as role models do their bit to break the stigma surrounding the topic:

"I think it's great that the topic is out in the spotlight more.

"I've done my own research and have found there are many celebrities and famous people out there who've spoken so openly about their own struggles. 

"You'd be surprised as to the numbers."

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Minute click here.

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