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Suffolk Mind launches mental health campaign, RED January

Suffolk Mind is warming up for RED January, a mental health campaign encouraging people to get active every day to beat the blues away.

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.

To take part in RED January, all you need to do is register for free here, and then walk, run, swim (or anything you like) for however long you like – whether 5 minutes or 5k and beyond. Over 100 people have already registered for RED January in Suffolk.

You can also fundraise for Suffolk Mind as part of your RED January journey. The money raised supports our vital work in the local community, supporting mental health services and helping achieve our mission of making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.

Jon Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind is taking part again this year after raising £2,400 last year: “I was amazed when taking part in RED January last year, at the difference it made to my mental and physical health. I didn’t run far each day, but I was definitely a lot fitter by the end of the month and even managed to do a Park Run. I also lost a stone in weight, without changing what I ate.

“Typically some people struggle during January because of the dark nights, cold weather and Christmas being over, so taking part in RED January gives people a focus. A little exercise can be very helpful for staying mentally healthy”.

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 23rd November 2018

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