A Path To Follow strives to reduce stigma associated with mental health, increase community awareness of the importance of supporting youth mental health and raise money for a local Mental Health Service.
Can you help A Path To Follow reach its goal of raising $10,000?
A Path to Follow is a blog created by Kirstie Edwards, inspired by her experiences with mental health, both personally and professionally.
Kirstie experienced depression as a young person and then again as a new parent. She says of her experiences:
‘My journey mirrors thousands of others. It includes stories of immense support, of immense love and encouragement to get better. But also of battles against stereotypes – those about depression, about medications, about what people living with mental illness can actually achieve, feel and experience in life.’ (For more information see the Post About A Path To Follow’s Founder https://apathtofollow.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/about-a-path-to-follows-founder/
Kirstie works for a local community health service, managing a team of professionals in mental health services for children, youth and families.
Kirstie has been outspoken and candid about her own journey. She would like to see a world where there is no stigma associated with mental health illnesses. She would like to see a world that prioritises pervention and early intervention for youth mental health.
In 2010 Kirstie held a celebration fundraising event to thank those around her for their support in her recovery from depression. With the support of family and friends $1000 was raised for SANE Australia.
Since that event, Kirstie has focused her passion to create change on youth mental health. This was borne from Kirstie’s personal desire to ensure her boys and others like them, with a predisposition to mental illness, will grow up as part of a community where professional and personal support is readily available.
In 2013 Kirstie plans to raise awareness of youth mental health issues and to raise $10,000 for the Early in Life Mental Health Services (ELMHS) at Monash Health. ELMHS is a place where young people who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health problems can get help. The key fundraising activity will be a ‘Heal thru Art’ exhibition and art auction and this will be supported by other, smaller activities: bookstalls, movie fundraiser, Grill’d voting, fundraising cans.
In August 2012 Kirstie started this blog and a created a Facebook page www.facebook.com/APathToFollow to:
• share her mental health journey
• raise awareness of youth mental health
• provide information and resources for maintaining mental wellbeing
• promote the services of the ELMHS
• support her fundraising activities
• document her fundraising journey.