Jenny's story: It's a question of when, not if, a mental health problem will affect you

Jenny’s father was admitted to a psychiatric ward on New Year’s Eve 2009. It was not how her family thought they’d welcome the New Year and it changed their lives forever.

My father was a hard-working family man. The trigger for his mental health problems was being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and being made redundant, from a company he had given over 40 years of service.

During this time my father became unwell with depression and anxiety. Until then, I was unaware of mental health problems. It was something I thought would never happen to me.

But I’ve come to realise that it’s a question of when, not if, a mental health problem will affect you or a loved one.

We are dedicated to creating a world with better mental health for everyone at every age. Jenny's father is not alone. Poor mental health is often overlooked and exacerbated by the isolation and physical health problems associated with ageing.

This is why we are working to support people like Jenny's father through our pioneering peer-support projects like our Standing Together project.

More than 1 MILLION people are affected by mental health problems. By making a donation today you'll be helping to deliver the crucial care and understanding that they need.