This year I will spend a day riding my bike around Warwickshire to raise funds for the mental health charity VITAL.

Value, Involve, Talk, Advocate & Link

VITAL are a user-run service. The people who run, work and volunteer for VITAL have personal experience of being vulnerable either as a mental health service user or carer. As Experts by Experience, VITAL delivers services as well as consultancy, training and presentations to others wanting to deliver better practices in the

I have personal experience of mental health problems and have also been a carer for relatives whose lives were severely affected by dementia. Having an advocate at times of significant stress helped me to articulate my and my family’s needs and to identify the right kind of help. I feel that VITAL is providing a crucial role in supporting people experiencing mental health problems.

Chris Buckley