Anna Wardley
 
 
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ON A MISSION IN AND OUT OF THE WATER

My own life experience has made me resilient and given me a drive to make a difference. Adversity provides a perfect training ground for an endurance athlete.

By taking on some of the toughest endurance swims on the planet, I’ve experienced the transformative power of the sea and, in the process, I’ve shone a light on causes close to my heart.

I’ve raised over £75,000 for good causes including £16,000 for the Samaritans in memory of my dad, Ralph, who took his own life when I was nine. The Chairman of my local branch told me that was enough for them to answer over 24,000 calls.

The Childhood Bereavement Network estimates that as many as 3,000 children lose a parent to suicide in the UK every year. A Johns Hopkins study found that people who lose a parent to suicide are three times more likely to face mental health issues and take their own lives compared to the wider population.

I’m an endurance swimmer, a mental health advocate and suicide campaigner informed by my lived experience, and I’m on a mission to break down the stigma faced by those affected by these issues both in the UK and around the world…stroke by stroke.

 
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