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Throughout my whole Miss Clare journey I learned so much on how I can make a big difference when fundraising for a well deserved cause.

When a charity relates to you on a deeper level it is hard not to want to help them. I have learned a lot about the importance of charity work and standing up for what I believe in. I want to make a difference in any way I can for those that need help most. I want to influence a lot of the younger generation that you don’t have to be a certain age to take part in charity work and to make it something they can do on the side, just like their hobbies. This sets a great example of how the younger generation will learn to help others.

A charity I want to talk about is Grow Mental Health. I have written about this outstanding organisation before but I want to talk about the impact they have made on others in more depth.

Grow provides free support groups for the public and in the workplace, which are mainly community based, for anyone experiencing mental health issues. I like the idea behind this because people genuinely don’t feel alone in their own mind. It’s a nice reminder that the group you’re apart of, are all on the same boat with you. The main goal of their programme is to spread awareness of mental health, Grow expresses the fact that your mental health is very much relevant in everyday life as well as everything else.

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I think this is a very important thing to outline because your inner wellbeing is the foundation of how you treat life itself. I notice a lot of people tend to ignore what their mind needs, and carry on with everyday life, brushing it off. Ignoring the mind can often result in mental issues later on in life. Grow is an amazing outlet for anyone to have a chat. These chats with support groups are also done over zoom.

If you feel like you’re suffering from negative thoughts, trauma or simply not feeling okay, I would encourage you to talk. It is a very hard task but it can make the biggest difference. Simply talking to someone will show how much you are loved. Strength comes from those who have suffered and have spoken about it to close people around them. It shows major resilience, courage and overall trust. Investing in yourself is something that isn’t talked about enough and it should be the first thing on the list when bettering your mental wellbeing.

This month I am going to be fundraising for Grow Mental Health by taking part in a Virtual Mini Marathon. Any donation can make a positive impact on someone’s life. The link is in my bio on instagram rebeccaoneill and also on my facebook page. To get involved you can get in contact with either myself or Grow.ie via Instagram or Facebook.

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