We're inviting people to put on their walking shoes and get out in the autumn sunshine this week to raise essential funds for our suicide prevention and bereavement services.
Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s ‘Stride – Walking Together to Prevent Suicide’ fundraising challenge kicks off on Thursday 10 September, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Participants can sign up to walk up to five miles, up to ten miles, or over ten miles between Thursday 10 and Sunday 13 September, with steps outdoors and indoors all counting.
With walking known to help reduce stress and social isolation, the challenge is a great way to enjoy Norfolk’s beautiful countryside, get some fresh air in your local park, put in some time on the treadmill, or simply enjoy pottering around your garden or house.
Over £1,500 in sponsorship has already been raised for the event, with all money going to support our projects for local people affected by suicide.
These include the Lighthouse Project, which works to prevent suicide in local communities through specialist support and training; Sail Project, providing immediate support for those recently bereaved by suicide; and Anchor Project, which offers group support for people affected by suicide.
With Norfolk having the second highest rate of suicide in the country, these projects give vital support to people like Victoria, who has signed up for the event following the loss of her son Joseph to suicide.
“The Anchor Project gave me the courage and strength to carry on living and carrying my son’s memory with us,” she said. “I will be walking in memory of my son while trying to get sponsored, so this group continues to help others and prevent suicide.”
To find out more and sign up for the event, go to www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk/stride