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Registrations for RED January come from as far away as Dubai

A woman living in Dubai has signed up to the mental health campaign, RED January for Suffolk Mind, to get active every day to beat the blues away.

Alice Mcveigh who’s originally from Suffolk, heard about RED January from a friend. She is one of 367 people registered with Suffolk Mind to participate in some form of exercise every day to help with their mental health and wellbeing.

Alice said: “I am pleased to be able to raise awareness of mental health issues such as depression and promote exercise as a way to improve wellbeing and happiness.

“It is easy to think ‘I won’t have time for this’ when you are busy with work, but it is so important to make time for exercise; especially after the Christmas holiday where reality hits again”.

In Suffolk, and across the UK, figures show one in four people will experience a mental health challenge in any given year. In England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health issue, such as anxiety and depression, each week.

RED January is founded on research that shows physical activity can reduce symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. In the post RED January 2018 survey, 87% of people who took part reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally, after getting active every day.

Alice continues: “I run two or three times a week but to do something every day is challenging, it is however a great cause and therefore I’m giving it my all”.

We are putting on free activities every weekday at Quay Place in Ipswich to help people get active every day. You can enjoy yoga, short tennis, Tai Chi, Wii Sports, and a walking group. For more details, visit our website.

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 15th January 2019

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