A STUDENT is planning to take on a daring challenge in the Lake District this summer to raise funds and awareness for mental health.
Frances Mollet will hike 40 miles through the Cumbrian slopes in June after enduring her own battle with anxiety and isolation.
The 21-year-old student from Emmer Green admits to feeling nervous about the challenge, but she is hoping to raise £700 for Mind through a series of fundraising events.
She said: "I've always been an anxious person, but about a year ago it became clear it was time to do something about it after I had a serious panic attack.
"I was handed medication and put on a therapy waiting list and I've remained on that list battling my way through isolation, confusion, anxiety and the fear of trying to understand my diagnosis.
"I believe we should all work together to support mental health. I don't want anyone to go through what I went through.
"The worst part about poor mental health is feeling isolated and alone and that is something we can fix by fixing the way mental health is viewed."
Frances, who is currently in her third year of study at Buckinghamshire New University, has had to adapt her lifestyle to prepare for the 24-hour challenge.
Her hike will be dedicated to the thousands of people supported by mental health charity - Mind.
Frances added: "For someone who has never hiked before, this will be a huge challenge, but I want to do it to raise money for a charity that is close to my heart and can help many others out therefore who are suffering.
"Anyone impacted by a mental health diagnosis will be aware of the incredible physical, mental, spiritual and financial stress it has, not only the person with the diagnosis, but all their loved ones."
Visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FrancesMollett-MindHike2017 to make a donation to Frances' online fundraising page.