I believe that mental health should be treated with the same legitimacy as physical health. Evryone should feel able to visit a doctor or ask for advice concerning a mental illness in the way they would a broken bone. Yet, due to negative stigma this is often not the case. I , alongside many friends and family members, have felt too embarrassed and ashamed to speak out about mental health issues. I am rowing the Atlantic to challenge attitudes towards mental health and make others feel able to speak out. No one should face a mental health problem alone.


If there is one silver lining to have come out of Covid-19, it is the shift in how people view and talk about mental health. It has been both humbling and heartening to have so many friends, colleagues and family members open up about their own experiences. I’m excited to learn as much as possible about mental health, the good, the bad and the ugly, over the next couple of years and put it all to practice in what is ultimately as much of a  mental challenge as a physical one. This is an important push for better mental health, not just for ourselves, but for everyone, everywhere. 


Like many, I have been diagnosed with forms of mental health illness over the past 10 years and have tried many different ways to improve it. I understand the magnitude of asking for help, the exhausting process of trying to find a remedy that works for you and having to wait a long time for help. Having worked on the NHS frontline during the pandemic, I have seen first-hand the effect on our country’s mental health with some of my toughest colleagues buckling under the mental load and extra pressure of the pandemic. I believe that it all starts with talking and hope that by rowing the Atlantic I can open up conversations which may mean one less person has to wait for help.