A Bromley woman is preparing for the fifth 'Do it for Depression' sponsored walk which she started after losing a friend to suicide.

Ellie Reubens, 35, organises the annual walk with proceeds going to The Maytree Respite Centre.

The charity offers four-night stays for people suffering a suicide crisis and Ellie, who has endured her own mental health struggle, described it as a life safer.

Ellie, who works for a housing association, wanted to highlight depression after losing a work friend, Danielle, five years ago.

"Since then I have known a few people who have committed suicide," she told News Shopper.

"I had been really ill the year Danielle died and I was going to contact her, but she looked like she was doing really well so I left her to it.

"It was just after Christmas when I found out."

Ellie honours Danielle and other people who have suffered from depression with her annual walks.

They take place in Beckenham Place Park and those interested can meet at Manor House at 12pm on September 7.

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"It is about awareness predominately and raising money," Ellie said. "Mental health is still taboo and if someone has broken an arm people will say 'wow what have you done'.

"But you don’t see what’s going on with mental health."

Ellie stressed that people can turn their lives around no matter how empty they feel.

"I’m so passionate about this and I’m living proof that you can do it," she said.

"It is really important to talk it out and speaking with a counsellor will help get everything out of you."

Ellie said walking in nature, watching uplifting films and guided meditation were little things that went a long way in her recovery.

She hopes her three-mile walk achieves the goal of bringing people together and to put a smile on faces.

"I know suicide is so gut wrenching," she said. "It is devastating. I think this walk is a positive thing and it brings the community together.

"Back in the day neighbours knew each other and I hope we can stand as one in unity and do something very special."

Do it for Depression online fundraiser - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=DoitforDepression1&isTeam=true

If you are suffering with mental health the Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123.

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