About Mind On Everest
My name is Connor Kelly, I am 23, and I am writing to you about a “Mind on Everest”.
“Mind on Everest” means supporting mental health, and showing people that you can get over it
When I was 15 years old, I was bullied to an extreme level, and it caused me to miss a lot of my life in school. This led to mental health issues, and to fighting and struggles for about a year with doctors. They found out I had OCB (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which means I always have to have someone to reassure me and guide me. This came with symptoms, such as cleaning my hands every 5 to 10 minutes, and eating foods as simple as a biscuit with a knife and fork. Which people unaware of the symptoms might find weird.
After a long period of this, I managed to get into school full time for about 2 years to complete my leaving cert, which I did really well in. Soon after I moved to Bundoran Co. Donegal, and found that surfing and climbing really helped get a sense of what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to be. So I continued to pursue climbing courses and similar activities. However, by the time I reached 20 years old, I was back to feeling like I was at 15 again, but feeling worse. Perhaps it was because I was older and more aware of what I was going through mentally, like seeing things people shouldn’t see and hearing voices. The feeling that no one wanted me, or needed me, was over me like a stormy cloud.
After I went back to the doctors, they tried to help me with tablets, meetings, and many other things. One day I got so frustrated with the failure of the counselling I went to, and the medication they put me on. I stopped going as I felt it was making me worse rather than making me better. So I decided to start climbing again, and this is where my dream starts.
The reason I’m telling you all this, is that I want to show people that you CAN get over it. I intend to show this by climbing Mount Everest in spring 2017, or spring 2018, but the mission is for 2017…
What I need your help with, is sponsorship. I’m not asking for the full amount, I’m asking for anything you can help me with. I’m climbing Kilimanjaro in August for training, and then to Everest base camp in October to prepare myself and get my body used to the altitude of Everest. If I get more than my asking proceeds, I will pass the proceeds to a mental health charity. My intention is to reach the top of the world on behalf of the companies and people that help me to get this story across. Not to fail, but to fight mental illness.
I understand that this is a big ask, but there will be a lot of Publicity, and I believe I will be one of the youngest in Ireland to Summit Everest (as it stands a 27 year old is the youngest). I hope to be the 44th Irish successor, and furthermore represent my county as the first Cavan native to summit.
If I get the opportunity to fulfil this dream, not just for me, but for everyone who has suffered a great deal with mental illness, there will be an Irish flag bearing my sponsors, which will be placed on top of Everest. Alongside, a Cavan flag, and messages for loved ones lost to mental illness, both for everyone to see for generations to come (and there’s not many Irish companies that can say that). I also hope to have media involvement for coverage and publicity of my trial.
If you are willing to help me, your company won’t just be helping me, but everyone and their families that suffered or still suffer and live everyday with mental illness and it’s effects.
The prices of my training trips are approx €8,000, and the climb for Everest is hitting €70,000. As I said before, I’m not asking for it all, but I am asking for your help. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and my dream.
If you would like to help, or get in contact, please call on 085 1472068
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