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Andy Schofield

This Mental Health Awareness Week the theme is Anxiety. Anxiety can feel overwhelming and isolating if left unchecked. We want to share Andy Schofield‘s story with you because it’s truly a testament to the power of hope, resilience, and community.

Andy’s journey with mental health challenges was not easy but he found the strength to overcome them and help and inspire others.


After experiencing anxiety and depression, Andy felt lost and unsure of how to move forward. However, with the support of his loved ones and healthcare professionals, he took the first step on his recovery journey. 

Andy found that sharing his story and being open about his struggles with family and friends and online helped him connect with others and find a sense of purpose.

The Physical Representation

Andy’s mental health journey led him to be open about his experiences and share them on social media. He found that many people resonated with his story, and it gave him the courage to speak out more about mental health challenges. 

In May 2021, Andy decided to take it one step further and embark on a 350 km (that’s just over 217 miles!) charity walk from London to Manchester to raise awareness and funds for mental health charities. 

Andy covered around 70 km per day with a step count estimated between 460,000 – 500,000.

The charity walk took place during the winter freeze over 5 months ago and Andy was sleeping rough, carrying all of his kit and equipment, on a solo journey to raise money and awareness for Walking With The Wounded. He made the challenge as physically challenging as possible to give a physical representation of what he went through during his mental health journey. 

The walk was not only a physical challenge, but it was also a way for Andy to connect with people and spread a message of resilience and hope. 

Along the way, he met with mental health professionals and advocates who shared their experiences and insights, and Andy’s story inspired many others to speak openly about their mental health struggles and seek support.

Click here to view his journey.

Raising thousands for charity

From interviews with radio stations to being featured on Manchester United’s website, The charity walk was a resounding success raising thousands of pounds for WWTW to help those going through similar challenges. 

The success of the challenge proved that there is hope and help available and that it’s okay to talk about mental health challenges, in fact, it’s needed.

There is hope

Andy’s mental health journey and charity walk are a story of hope, resilience, and community. Through his courage and determination, Andy Schofield continues to inspire many to seek help and support, and his message of hope continues to spread. 

We can all learn from Andy’s journey and work together to create a world where mental health challenges are understood, accepted, and supported.

To hear more about Andy’s mental health journey check out his episode on The Daley Hustle Podcast which you can find on Spotify and most popular streaming platforms.