The Olympics may be over but for local dad, Simon Jacob, it is only just beginning. He is about to undertake his own Olympic feats. Over the next three years, he is committing to take on nearly ten extreme physical and mental challenges in support of Surrey-based postnatal depression charity, The Cedar House Support Group (charity number 1105686), which is based in Merrow, Guildford . Simon’s wife had postnatal depression and attended the Cedar House support group to aid her recovery.
Starting in September 2012, he will undertake the full distance Ironman contest in Wales which consists of a 2.5 miles swim and a 112 mile cycle race. In October this year, he will follow this with an 80 mile cycle race and the list of challenges goes on, with swims across the English Channel and many more cycle races and Iron man contests (see full challenge list in notes to editors).
Simon celebrated the birth of his second child in 2011 but painfully watched his wife suffer from postnatal depression (PND). This illness affects around 20% of women and can have devastating consequences on a woman’s health and the whole family. It is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK. Symptoms vary from person to person but can include a sense of hopelessness, high anxiety, suicidal feelings, intrusive negative thoughts, isolation, reduced appetite and insomnia, to name a few.
PND and depression in general affects far more people than will ever be recorded, most suffer in silence, some take drastic measures to remove themselves from the situation and sadly some feel that without any glimmer of hope the only answer is suicide. The Cedar House Support Group provides advice and a regular support group for those suffering from the illness and it is totally free of charge.
“The trustees of the Cedar House Support Group are extremely thankful to Simon and his family for his outstanding efforts to raise funds for us and we are so proud to have him as a supporter. We need around £10,000 a year to keep the charity going and provide the support for the mums and their families. If you think you are suffering from PND or have a family member or friend who may be unwell, please speak out and contact a medical professional or us”, concludes Liz Wise, director of counselling for the Cedar House Support Group.
To help Simon raise funds for the Cedar House Support Group, please visit: www.justgiving.com/sumostenpointplan