WALKING OUT OF DARKNESS 2017
Saturday 6 September 2017 - Weston super Mare
Walking out of Darkness comes to Weston super Mare
Saturday 16 September 2017
Walking Out Of Darkness is coming to Weston-super-Mare to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention, plus end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Supported by North Somerset Council, the 10k fundraising walk Walking out of Darkness will take place in Weston on Saturday 16 September 2017. The walk will take in many sights around the town including the Grand Pier and will start / finish on the Beach Lawns.
North Somerset Council’s Mental Health Champion Councillor Roz Willis said: “The more we talk and educate our world about the issues of mental health and speak of the ways we can be a friend to this terrible illness, the quicker we can conquer the stigma of diagnosis for all.
“I am delighted that we are able to host this event in North Somerset this year, providing the opportunity for people to walk together in support and unity for individuals and families suffering from mental health difficulties and those who have lost loved ones by suicide.”
Walking out of Darkness events started three years ago in London and are spreading across the country supported by Public Health England, NHS, Sport England, the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, and many mental health and suicide prevention charities and organisations across the country.
The event also incorporates a mental health festival to showcase local and national mental health and suicide prevention charities and services, which will be situated at Beach Lawns.
Dawn Carey, the Operations Manager from In Charley’s Memory said: “Mental health does not discriminate. Whether it is a young person like Charley who was beaten by the invisible illness at 18 or a work colleague who, to the outside world seems to have it all, anyone can be affected.
“For us, Walking out of Darkness is about people from all walks of life young and old coming together to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma. Walking side by side talking and sharing stories, and knowing that you’re not alone and it’s okay to talk. That is why In Charley's Memory is part of Walking out of Darkness”
Registration for the walk is £10 per person and participants have the opportunity to fundraise for any UK mental health charity. See more details by clicking the blue button below.
If you are concerned about your mental health, or the mental well-being of someone you know please contact the NHS 111 Helpline, the Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to your GP immediately.