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Get walking for World Mental Health Day

This Sunday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day, a chance to raise awareness of mental health and encourage conversations on the importance of mental wellbeing.

To support the day, in partnership with Friends in Need, Bracknell Forest Social Prescribers and Bracknell Forest Community Network, Sport in Mind will be hosting a mental health walk at South Hill Park on Friday, 8 October.

The walk is an opportunity for residents and local communities to support the conversation around mental health and to meet new people. The 45-minute walk will start at 12.30pm and volunteers will be there to help walkers along the way. Walkers are asked to meet at the courtyard by the Wilde Theatre entrance. There is also an optional Tai Chi lesson between 11am and noon and our services will be available after the walk to talk about how they can support residents with their mental health.

Cllr Dale Birch, Chairman of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:

“The last 18 months have been a challenge for everyone. COVID-19, lockdowns and restrictions have caused emotional and mental distress to many residents and has highlighted the importance and power of relationships and social connections.

“World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to come together, work towards changing attitudes to mental health and do something that we know is good for our mental health, getting outdoors, exercising, and talking to others.

“If you don’t want to walk, you can still come down and speak to our Social Prescribers and Recovery Facilitators to find out how they can support you to feel more connected.”

If you are struggling with mental health issues, or are worried about someone close to you, visit our public health portal for advice.