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Raising funds for a new youth mental health facility in Canterbury

$6,327 of $10,000 goal
Given by 76 generous donors in 10 weeks

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Hey team!

In August, I will be running the 62km Resilience ultra marathon to support an amazing initiative from the Māia Health Foundation by raising funds for a new Child, Adolescent & Family mental health centre in Christchurch. It’s a great cause to enhance Canterbury's youth mental health services and raise general mental health awareness.

Personally, I strongly believe mental health is just as important as physical health, yet it's not seen as a priority and often something to be ashamed of when you need help. It's normal to not always be 100%.

Sadly, since 2018 there has been a 140% increase in demand for this type service in Canterbury - 385 people a month reaching out for help and with only a few poorly resourced places to go. The current facility is dark, uninviting and for people who need this specialist help, a pretty intimidating place to visit.

The plans underway for a modern new outpatient hub will dramatically improve treatment facilities for adolescent and youth mental health services. While it is early days, the hub is partially funded by the CDHB and planning is well under way.

Funds raised will be used to help vulnerable people in our community be treated and cared for in an environment that supports their well-being. A place that they will want to go to for the help they need and to focus on being well.

It would be amazing if you could get behind this cause if you can! I'll be posting regular updates on my Instagram page of my journey to the 62km trail ultra in August. I'm aiming to raise as much awareness and funds towards this cause as I can - the sky's the limit :)

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Chugging along!   31 May 2021

Posted by: Toby Nicholls

Thanks for all the support so far team! We're well on the way with nearly 30% of the target raised so far. I met with the team Māia Foundation last week and the work going on to get this new facility up and running is pretty impressive.

It was pretty shocking to hear how much in need some of our community after hearing examples of families with kids as young as three years old reaching out for help having to visit the current inadequate facilities.

For those interested, my training is going well - I had a pretty intense hill sprinting session followed by a 3 hour night run up the Port Hills the next day. June is going to be a big month!

Please keep the donations coming and take a minute to share this page to your social groups if you can.

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    Move for Māia to help raise funds for youth mental health. We challenge you to run, bike, walk - move any way you can to show your support.

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Amie + Val 5 hours ago
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Becs 20 hours ago
Keep up the good work buddy!
Toby Nicholls

Hey Becs, thanks for the support. Might see you in the UK for the Cape Wrath Ultra in a few years :) #lifegoals

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Lauren 1 day ago
Good luck buddy. Look after those knees
Toby Nicholls

Cheers Lauren, appreciate the support!!!!!

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Janine 1 day ago
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Cheers for the support!!!!! :)

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Jamie 3 days ago
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Cheers Jamie, appreciate the support :)

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