The Mind Walk is now over – but we would like to say a massive thank you to Amanda Outen and her Husband for supporting us with the walk this weekend. Thank you for making a difference.
Look out for future fundraising opportunities soon!
We’re calling on supporters and friends of Mid Kent Mind to get involved in ‘The Mind Walk’ – a nationwide initiative taking place on October the 17th.
Choose your own route of around 10km, and join people across the country as they help to raise awareness for better mental health.
What is the Virtual Mind Walk?
We walk together, to fly the flag for mental health.
Coronavirus might make this impossible to do in person. It also makes it more important than ever that everyone with a mental health problem gets support and respect.
That’s why we’ve been thinking and working hard to make sure The Mind Walk can go ahead while keeping everyone safe and keeping to Government coronavirus guidelines.
Although we can’t be together in one place, we’ll walk together in spirit as one unstoppable community united in our mission for understanding, for change, for better mental health.
On Saturday 17 October there will be hundreds of us walking apart but taking steps together to make sure all of us affected by mental health problems are seen and heard.
No matter where we are in the country, we will walk together for understanding, for change, for better mental health.
Choose your route of around 10 km and join us all on 17 October to fly the flag for better mental health and help make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Join The Mind Walk and ask your friends and family to donate and show their support for better mental health.
- Coronavirus and its impact are causing many of us stress and worry, but there are things you can try that might help. Find out more at > mind.org.uk/coronavirus
- More than half of adults and two-thirds of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown. (Mind’s research with 16,000 respondents)
- One in four people of all ages were unable to access mental health support during lockdown. (Mind’s research with 16,000 respondents)
In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the mental health of millions of people is suffering. We are encouraging our community to come together to fly the flag for better mental health and help make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
No matter where you will be doing The Mind Walk, we want to ensure you and your loved ones stay alert and remain safe when planning and walking your chosen route. We’ve put together some tips for how to plan your route in your own area whilst ensuring you are adhering to the current government guidelines during your walk.
Planning your route
When planning and walking your route, please first and foremost adhere to the current UK government guidelines for social distancing in your chosen area. You can find the most up to date guidelines for your area by referring to restrictions both in England and Wales. Also remember to check if there are any additional local restrictions in your area. This includes local lockdowns and restrictions imposed by the local authority for their places and spaces such as parks. (Please click here for local lockdown updates).
Choose a walking distance that feels suitable to you and your walking ability. We suggest for this to be up to the distance of a 10k walking route.
Find route inspiration Walk4Life have a fantastic library of walks as well as ways to create your own route from your postcode. National Trails also have a library of suggested walking routes and trails up and down the country ranging from gentle to moderate difficulty levels. For London based walkers, TfL have some useful information about walking and a number of mapped out walking routes in London. Forest Trails also offer a range of walking routes that are perfect for all ages with some particularly engaging route for families with young children.
Staying safe whilst walking
- Be safe
- Maintain good hygiene and social distancing. If you begin to show COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19, you must not take part in the walk and self-isolate.
- Be considerate
- Be sensitive to rural communities if considering travelling further from home to walk. Make sure to follow the Countryside Code – COVID-19 version (England and Wales) or Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The current government guidelines state that in England, a maximum of six people from different households and support bubbles can gather in a group. In Wales gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted outdoors. But you should continue to maintain physical and social distancing from people outside your household, or extended household if you have formed one. This does not apply to areas under local lockdown.
Always keep a 2m distance where possible between you and other walkers. Be mindful of any areas in your walk where paths or routes could become narrow and keep social distancing measures in mind when navigating your route (e.g. walking single file down a narrow country lane or a short pavement).
Being prepared for your walk
Wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in that provide adequate support and do not cause blisters such as trainers or walking boots.
Pack a bag/small backpack with the essential items you may need whilst on your walk such as a bottle of water, energy snacks, sunscreen and/or light waterproof coat depending on the weather forecast for the day. Wearing layers that you can easily remove or put on to regulate your body temperature is important for staying comfortable.
Take photos during your walk and share them with the amazing Mind Walk community by using the hashtag #themindwalk and also make sure you tag Mid Kent Mind in your posts!
Our Recommended Walks
We asked our team for some of the places and routes they would recommend for a 10k, and we had some great responses!
One recommendation was Darnsley Trail – a lovely, challenging off-road walk. Deborah, who recommended this trail, suggests parking at Shorne Wood Country Park, as you can finish your walk off with a hot chocolate and a cake! Click here to view the map for this route.
Another recommendation was Bedgebury Pinetum – a great place which has a gravel path perfect for buggies, and even has some play equipment for children. Why not get the whole family involved in the Mind Walk? Click here to learn more.
If you live in Maidstone, then one of our favourite places is, of course, Mote Park! For the past couple of years we have hosted a Fun Run at the park, and it has some lovely routes around the lake which you can enjoy at a social-distance. Click here to learn more.
We want to support you as you get involved in this challenge.
You can then use our Mind Walk Pack to share your fundraising journey with your friends and family. If you get in touch we can also work with you to put together personalised graphics to support your fundraising.
So, what are you waiting for? Use the contact form below to let us know you are getting involved, and together, we will fly the flag for better mental health this October!
UPDATE: We are also pleased to share that we now have access to the National Mind ‘Mind Walk’ Facebook group, providing you with an opportunity to connect with a national network of fundraisers. Click here to learn more.