Search

Advertiser letters: Mental health taboo and run for charity

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2017

The Invictus Games in Toronto. Picture: PA

The Invictus Games in Toronto. Picture: PA

PA Wire/PA Images

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Games tackle health taboo

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, controller, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, writes:

Recently the country rallied behind the brave ex-service men and women as they battled for Gold at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

It has been great to see our veterans getting the attention they deserve and shining a light on some of the issues they have faced since leaving the military.

If there is one issue that stood out to me at this year’s Games, it was mental health. I was so impressed by the number of athletes suffering from PTSD who stepped up and were willing to share their stories.

While Invictus has opened the door for many veterans with mental health issues, sadly there are still plenty suffering in silence.

At the RAF Benevolent Fund, we have been helping the RAF Family and also worked with Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity, and Anxiety UK, providing a helpline, therapy sessions and self-help materials.

While there is still a stigma associated with mental health, the situation has improved drastically from my days in the RAF. With campaigns like World Mental Health Day and the Invictus Games, we will reach a point where people will no longer have to suffer in silence.

Run for charity

Matthew Reed, chief executive, The Children’s Society, writes:

This month many people will find out if they have secureda place in the London Marathon 2018.

But what if you have a place yet feel like you’d benefit from some support, advice and encouragement with your training?

You can join The Children’s Society’s team and at the same time help transform young people’s lives!

We help children and young people dealing with hardship, abuse and neglect and every penny raised by our runners will go towards transforming the lives of the UKs most vulnerable children.

It’s easy to register to be part of team and we provide lots of support every step of the way including bespoke training advice and guides from our fitness experts, a team training day, easy fundraising ideas, cheering you along on the day and a sports massage and celebration afterwards. For more information visit childrenssociety.org.uk/londonmarathon

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this bank holiday weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

We achieved a great deal since I was elected in 2015 and I am humbled that the people of Tower Hamlets have put their faith in me again.

Yesterday, 07:00

Hundreds of revellers are likely to head to east London for the annual Monday Bank Holiday street festival at the Star of Bethnal Green pub.

Fri, 12:37

Travellers hoping to use the District line this afternoon can expect minor delays on the Tube due to a signal failure.

Fri, 11:00

The first ‘Freedom of the Borough’ of the 21st century given by Tower Hamlets Council has been awarded to Commander John Ludgate as former as Deputy Lieutenant who escorted the Royal family on visits to London’s East End for 22 years.

Fri, 07:00

Projects tackling air pollution are being offered cash by Tower Hamlets Council after a study has shown lung function of children aged eight and nine has been reduced by up to 10 per cent.

Thu, 17:01

Luther Edwards, who was fatally stabbed and beaten outside a boxing event in Bethnal Green, asked a close friend to look out for him not long before he died, a court heard.

Thu, 13:49

Labour councillors voted themselves a 70 per cent “big fat pay rise” for cabinet posts as their first act in power at last night’s Tower Hamlets Council meeting after their landslide victory at the May 3 polls.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now