Monthly Mental Health Mates walks are taking place in Preston.Advertisement
Mental Health Mates is a national network of peer support groups, run by people with mental health issues, who meet regularly to walk and talk without fear or judgement.
Laura Webster started the Preston group earlier this year with regular walks around Avenham Park. From September, the walks will be taking place on a monthly basis.
Laura said: “The walks are for everyone, not just those of us who suffer with mental health issues, but as a preventative measure for people who may feel lonely or are struggling with their thoughts. It’s also for friends and families of sufferers to remind each other we are not alone.
“The walks and this group is not intended to replace or give medical advice and support, only as a place to feel part of a ‘we or us’ so as not to feel so alone with our mental health. We are all in this together.”
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This month’s walk will be a treasure hunt around Avenham Park, meeting at the Pavilion Cafe at 11am on Sunday 15 September.
Laura said: “Everyone is invited – bring your families, dogs, friends and children.
“I know it can be daunting starting something new and meeting new people, but remember you only have to do it once and who knows what will happen from there.
“There is no pressure to talk if you don’t want to, you can just take part in the walk knowing there is someone there if you need them.
“We want to make it a great morning where we can all support each other.”
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Mental Health Mates was started by Bryony Gordon in 2016. So far walks have taken place in over 70 locations including Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East.
For more information about Mental Health Mates Preston, email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the Facebook group.
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