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EP021: Special Guest Clair Chilvers from Mental Health Research UK
Episode 2114th March 2021 • The Happiness Hub • Kedren Elliott & Liz Parkin
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This week Liz & Keds are joined by Clair Chilvers one of the founding members of the mental heal charity Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK).

MHRUK is the first UK charity dedicated to raising funds for research into mental illnesses, their causes and cures and raises money to fund students through their PhD research scholarships.

Clair talked about the reasons for setting up the charity due to the lack of mental health research out there at the time. Along with the work they are doing to plug the gaps now, including the following campaigns to raise awareness and funding for further research.

COVID-19 Psychological Trauma PhD Scholarship

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, MHRUK has launched a campaign to raise £120,000 for a new PhD research scholarship on psychological trauma arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brighten Up

Running on World Mental Health Day, 10th October. Everyone can join in! Just wear your brightest clothes to brighten everyone up as the days become shorter and get people talking about mental health.

Clair will also soon be a published poet, and has kindly sent a Happy poem from her collection for us to share:

A Perfect Breakfast

I get up early

leaving the children sleeping.

It is cool and quiet.

Outside in the white-walled garden

a lemon tree ripe with fruit gives shade

a white marble table, two cushioned chairs.

Greek yogurt with honey

a peach so perfectly ripe

that the stone splits in two.

You can find out more about Mental Health Research UK on their website, on their Mental Research UK Facebook Page and also on Twitter and of course, you can donate to MHRUK to help them continue the vital work they are doing.

And if you like Clair's poem head over to Claire Chilvers poetry for more.

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