Welcome to this website about my 800 mile charity walk round the coast of Wales, which is due to start at the end of September 2013. The walk is a follow-up to my 2,600 mile walk round the edge of England over the winter of 2011-12, which raised nearly £14,000 for mental health charities. Both walks are part of the campaign being run by all mental health charities to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, in this case through:
- Talking about mental health in public.
- Participating in the mental health awareness campaigns of mental health charities.
- Raising money for SANE and Anxiety UK to support their work with mental health sufferers.
The aim of the campaign is to make talking about mental health issues as easy as talking about physical health issues. Talking more openly about mental health is important as it helps to reduce stigma and discrimination which if present, can result in people with mental health problems:
- Becoming isolated from friends, family and colleagues.
- Being reluctant to seek help, making recovery slower and more difficult.
- Feeling excluded from everyday activities.
- Experiencing physical health problems.
- Finding it harder to get or keep a job.
- Discovering that being discriminated against can be worse than the illness itself.
The Welsh coast walk will start from Chepstow in the second week of September 2013 and the aim is to finish in Chester sometime in December