Mind over mountain: students climb Ben Nevis for mental health charity

“We feel that mental health is under-represented in the media and want to help raise awareness of the issue."

Nick Smith, BA (Hons) Media Film Production

A group of Staffordshire University students are taking on Britain's highest mountain to raise awareness of mental health.

BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production students, Nick Smith, Richard Binnington and AJ Mulley will climb Ben Nevis next week in aid of the charity Mind and are hoping to raise at least £1000.

Nick, 20, from Hanley, explained why they decided to take on the challenge: “We feel that mental health is under-represented in the media and want to help raise awareness of the issue.

“I think a lot of people, especially our age, just deal with their problems on their own and find it hard tell others if they're struggling.”

The students will capture their climb on film and are documenting the journey for their final year project. They have already created a video of their progress during training in the Peak District (pictured) which can be seen here.

Nick said, “It's definitely going to be tough. We had planned to do the 3 Peaks challenge but at this time of the year the weather is too unpredictable so we decided just to stick to Ben Nevis.”

The team will tackle the ascent to the mountain's 4406ft summit this Monday (April 11) and are calling on the public to support their cause and donate via their fundraising page.

Nick added, “If 200 people could donate £5 each then we will hit our target. A lot of us would spend that on lunch or a drink at the pub, but if you can make that small sacrifice it will go to a really good cause.”

Track the group's progress and make a donation on their fundraising page www.justgiving.com/MindOverMountain

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