Welcome to this website about my 2,600 mile charity walk round the edge of England over the winter of 2011-12. The walk was part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness 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 walk started from Tower Bridge in London on 9 October 2011 and finished there on Sunday 10 June 2012. The walk was supported by my very understanding wife Kate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit my blog on my Facebook Page or follow on Twitter @englandwalk.