A district councillor from Sleaford will be doing a skydive this weekend with a hope of raising £500 for mental health charity, Mind.
Kate Cook explained: “In addition to raising money for Mind, my other main aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues and the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge.”
This is a personal goal as she has suffered from depression, receiving advice and help from Mind and the local authority mental health services team.
The 42-year-old will do the jump on November 8, having raised £3,000 last year for Mind by running the London Marathon.
The Local Authority Mental Health Challenge sets out 10 actions that will enable councils to promote mental health across all their business.
Kate hopes Lincolnshire County Council will sign up to the challenge and has offered to help, particularly by investigating how local companies tackle mental health issues.
There is a government plan to put treatment for mental health conditions on a level with physical health from 2015 backed by £120million of extra funding over two years. Sleaford MP Stephen Phillips has expressed his support too.
Kate added there was still a long way to go in changing attitudes about mental illness: “But high profile cases such as the recent tragic death of Robin Williams who suffered from depression will hopefully make people realise that mental illness does not discriminate and can indeed destroy and end lives, so deserves to be taken as seriously as physical health conditions.”
If you would like to sponsor Kate, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/raybutlerltd.