Walks to increase Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention across local and regional communities

  • 24 April 2018


Mental ill-health is a subject constantly in the news, mainly due to failing services. We can all suffer due to numerous issues such as stress relating to work pressure or financial issues, a relationship situation with family or a partner, a forthcoming exam and many more daily scenarios. One key aspect of mental health wellbeing is to understand the symptoms and make sure they do not overwhelm us and potentially create a crisis or place us in a vulnerable position.

This year, seven cities across the country are staging ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events to empower and inspire the public via a wide variety of means to reduce the possibility of being overwhelmed by stressful scenarios which might cause mental ill-health and lead to self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

The three Thrive projects in London, Bristol and the West Midlands are collaborating with charities, services and the public to improve ‘Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention’ in their local areas to support the events and directly encourage all parties across local and regional communities to help highlight how together everyone can collaborate to improve ‘Mental Health Wellbeing’ at work, school and other daily aspects of our lives.

The ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events combine a mental health wellbeing festival with a fundraising walk, numerous local and national charities, services and organisations offering mental health information for the public, businesses, schools and parties from all walks of life, seeking to reduce anxiety and stress caused by everyday social issues. All parties are focused on raising mental health awareness, suicide prevention and ending the stigma surrounding mental ill-health.

The seven cities hosting the ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events include Bristol on Sunday 09 September.

Walking Out Of Darkness founder Kenny Johnston said: "The events are an opportunity for everyone to unite, enabling the public to come together with local/regional services, charities, businesses, schools and numerous parties to raise mental health awareness and suicide prevention."

"Having the support of Thrive London, West Midlands Thrive and Bristol Thrive along with Government departments, Mayor of London, NHS England, Public Health England, Sport England and charities across the country, highlights how countless organisations are collaborating to empower communities with information for mental wellbeing."

Cllr Asher Craig, Bristol Deputy Mayor for Communities, said: “I am glad to see that our city is joining others across the country in hosting a Walking Out of Darkness event.  In Bristol we are working together as a city to develop ‘Thrive Bristol’, a new 10 year programme to improve mental wellbeing for all. We understand that greater awareness around mental health is needed and hope that by taking part in a national event like this we will be able to show anyone suffering that they are not alone. 

I hope that we will see plenty of people supporting this worthy cause this summer.

All three cities are working to improve Mental Health Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention across their regions, whilst encouraging more understanding in businesses, schools, universities and other sectors of mental health wellbeing.  

Interested in participating at one of the Walking Out Of Darkness events, register at www.walkingoutofdarkness.com 

Help make a difference for millions of people across the country by walking and talking about mental health in unity with other participants. Plus, assist individuals suffering in silence and let them know, they are not alone.

If you need assistance or have concerns about your own or someone else’s mental health, please call NHS 111.

For more information or media enquiries, please contact CLASP Charity at hello@claspcharity.com or 0203 600 3601.