Walk to support mental health

Words: Sam Curtis

Mental health charity CLASP will stage their second ‘Walking out of the Darkness’ event in London this month, to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The 10 mile walk takes place on May 16th, during Mental Health Awareness Week (which begins on May 11th). The charity hopes the event will help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

It costs £10 to register (visit www.claspcharity.com) and participants may fundraise for whichever mental health charity they choose to support. The Department of Health and NHS are both keen for as many people as possible to take part.

London Mayor Boris Johnson says: “Unfortunately there are still many misconceptions about mental ill health, how it happens and what can be done about it. Yet, there is much we are doing to improve, and I applaud CLASP for their work.”

The walk begins from Bernie Spain Gardens at 10am, where fitness instructors will be on hand for advice. The route follows the Thames Path, passing landmarks including the Tower of London and Houses of Parliament, before finishing in Battersea Park.

For more information and details on how to register, visit the CLASP website: www.claspcharity.com

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