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Do it for Depression: Bromley organiser overwhelmed with support

Do it for Depression: Bromley organiser overwhelmed with support

A Bromley woman who hosted her fifth 'Do it for Depression' walk has described being "overwhelmed" by the support.

The walk was held on Saturday (September 7) and hundreds of pounds were raised for The Maytree Respite Centre – a charity offering four-night stays for people suffering a suicide crisis.

Ellie Reubens, 35, said the event at Beckenham Place Park was a big success and the "best one yet".
The Bromley resident, who works for a housing association, has endured her own battle with depression and tragically lost a colleague, Danielle, to suicide five years ago.

Statistics show that on average 20 people take their own lives in Bromley each year.

Ellie honours Danielle and others who have suffered from depression with her annual walks.

"It was so brilliant," Danielle reflected to News Shopper today (September 10) in what is World Suicide Prevention Day.

"Honestly, it was something very very special and I couldn’t believe it. I was overwhelmed with the amount of people that turned up.

"They came from all walks of life with different nationalities and young and old."

Ellie said lots of strangers took part after reading News Shopper’s original story.

Speaking to the newspaper last month, Ellie acknowledged that suicide was a "gut wrenching" subject and that she wanted to bring people together to end the taboo.

"I was overwhelmed that people care about suicide and depression more than we think," Ellie said after the walk.

Ellie hopes to expand her 'Do it for Depression' event next year and is working with The Maytree Respite Centre to organise more walks.

The inspiring woman said she is "living proof" that people can turn their lives around "no matter how empty they feel" and urged anyone struggling to seek support.

If you are suffering with mental health the Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123.

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