Marchers can help stamp out stigma

l-r: NHS Strategic Health Authority project manager Kerry McQuade; Public Mental Health Lead North East mental health development unit Neil Johnson; and health improvement practitioner for County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services Kylie Murrell.

l-r: NHS Strategic Health Authority project manager Kerry McQuade; Public Mental Health Lead North East mental health development unit Neil Johnson; and health improvement practitioner for County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services Kylie Murrell.

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HEALTH workers in Morpeth are asking people to put on their walking boots to help stamp out mental health stigma.

In support of the Time to Change campaign, people are being encouraged to talk more openly about mental health problems by joining the region’s inaugural March March.

The one-mile journey will enable walkers to discuss the issue with each other and at the end of the route they will be asked to pledge to help end mental health prejudice.

NHS staff and members of the voluntary and community sector are also welcome.

Neil Johnson, of the North East Mental Health Development Unit, said: “We are asking people to join one of our one-mile awareness raising walks this March, to walk the walk and talk the talk to help stamp out stigma.

“We know that social contact with other people and physical activity by taking in some fresh air can make a big difference to improving people’s general mental health so the March March should help us to spread the word about how to maintain positive wellbeing.”

People are also being encouraged to hold their own march and upload a diary or blog of their event to www.themarchmarch.org.uk

The Morpeth event will take place on Thursday, March 24, starting in the Market Place at noon, going through Carlisle Park and back again.

To sign up e-mail register@themarchmarch.org.uk