On 13th October 2012 thirty cyclists left Axminster in Devon and rode 769 miles to the Slow Food Salone del Gusto festival in Turin, Italy, in memory of Philippa Corbin. We rode to raise awareness of depression and raise funds for two charities.

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Depression is far more widespread than is commonly acknowledged. In any one year one out of four people will suffer from mental health issues, the most common of which are anxiety and depression. And these illnesses are not choosey – they can affect anyone of any age, race or sex.

For me, my sister’s death was a massive shock; like a bomb going off. I had known that she was suffering from depression but I don’t think I really understood and appreciated what that meant. We were very close and I thought I knew her very well – though I would never have imagined that she could or would take her own life.

I still at times find it hard to believe and accept but over the past 18 months since Philippa’s death I have begun to realise how depression clouded her view of herself and of the world around her.  It was due to this that she made the decision she did.

Depression sufferers usually don’t want to talk about it but the right kind of support and understanding can help enormously,. This is why I think it’s so important for people to be made aware of depression as an illness that can affect anyone and to be able to look out for signs and symptoms.

It is also just as important for sufferers to be able to recognise these symptoms themselves – particularly for anyone who has not experienced feelings of depression before.  More than likely they will feel isolated and not understand what is happening to them.  If they can recognise the symptoms early, talk about them, understand they have an illness in common with others, it will help to bring the realisation that they need not struggle alone.

Download a view this Warning Signs of Depression (PDF) from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Maddy, 2012