On the 14th September the Hyland Brothers, Josh and Eden, set sail and began their traitorous 24 hour race in aid of POhWER. The Hyland family have been personally affected by mental health issues, so Josh felt drawn to POhWER.

Saturday morning, 78 boats set off on the Marine Lake in Southport. The Hyland Brothers had hopes of finishing the race within the top 30, but absolutely smashed their target and came 11th! There certainly were some highs and lows during the day long race, at around 1am the wind set in, and they could no longer see any other boats which Josh said “it definitely woke us both up”. Once the sun began to rise, the brothers could see the end was in sight and finished with around 200 spectators cheering them on.

“We’ve found it amazing how generous people are especially with mental health so we are very proud with how much we have raised for such a good charity (think we have the bug to carry on and do more now though)”

Josh and Eden have raised over £1,000 for POhWER and we are so thankful for the hard work they have both put in to raising money and awareness for our cause.

Any money raised for POhWER can help people like ‘RM’

RM felt hopeless and unable to ask for help

RM was having strong thoughts of suicide and felt that she needed to be ‘out of the way’ to give her son a better life. She felt unable to ask for help from health care professionals, as she had severe anxiety so would often freeze and would be unable to think clearly. This meant that RM’s thoughts of suicide were going unrecognised.

Our Independent Mental Health Advocate sat with RM during her meetings with healthcare professionals, to ensure that she felt able to communicate her needs confidently.

When RM felt overwhelmed our advocate calmly reassured her which gave her the confidence to voice concerns about her wellbeing.

It was agreed that RM would benefit from receiving treatment outside of the treatment centre. RM felt anxious at the thought of being discharged, but POhWER offered support each step of the way while she made the transition back into the community.