A Preston man is running the London Marathon to support Lancashire Mind who helped him when he was going through a very tough time.
Dale Scholefield is taking on the Virtual London Marathon on 3rd October 2021.
It’s been a long road to recovery for Dale who had many devastating things happening to him one after another:
“I was going through a very tough time in my life where I didn’t really know where to put myself in social environments, or what to do with my life in general. Everything in my life felt like it started to spiral out of control.”
Nearly four years ago, Dale’s life was flipped upside down after the tragic losses of loved ones:
“I received a message from one of my parents: our family dog had become critically unwell and had to be put to sleep. Which for anyone who loves animals, or has had a pet for a very long time, is very difficult. It feels like you’ve lost a member of your family.
“Very shortly after losing our family dog, my nana passed away through the horrible disease dementia. This was extremely hard to take. Anyone that had the time to speak to my nana, knew how much of a lovely lady she was.
“Thinking nothing more could or get any worse, but a few days after the funeral of my nana, I received a text saying that I was being dumped by someone who I thought that I was in love with.”
During this time, Dale had a very busy and stressful work life which was putting a lot of pressure on him, things would only get worse for him when he decided to go for walk after work to clear his head:
“About 10-15 minutes into my walk I turn round a corner in some woodland area to find something dangling from a tree. I had stumbled upon a gentleman probably aged between 35-45 years old hanging from a tree. That night all I could see when I closed my eyes was this gentleman’s face.”
This only perpetuated his problems and lead him on a dark path where he saw no other option but to go to Manchester with the aim of taking his own life:
“After about 2 hours of wandering around Manchester hopelessly, I finally decided that I no longer wanted to be around this anymore and that I would attempt to do very serious harm to myself. I decided that I would then take 84 sleeping tablets and 21 of my antidepressants citalopram with the bottle of vodka, hoping that the end game would be taking my own life.
“After being found by two great friends and going through all the wonderful messages that everyone was putting out there to try and find me was quite overwhelming, it’s something that helps me through every day now.”
Since that day, Dale has been on the mend and has been getting support to work through his problems:
“It’s been a very, very tough four years to get to the point where I am today but I’ve now not taken a single antidepressant for a year now which is a massive achievement for me.”
He now wants to help others who are struggling and show the importance of speaking to others about what you are going through:
“Don’t go through this alone, there are always people there for you that you would never think would be there. You’ll never be alone, it may take time but you’ll get there. Speak out please don’t be alone like I was for so long until I opened up.”
You can help Dale raise as much as possible for Lancashire Mind by donating to his fundraising page here.