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Mental health walks in Spalding and Pinchbeck to help beat January blues

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A programme of daily mental health walks are running this month to help people to ward off the January blues.

Vanessa Browning, of Community Mind Matters, will lead a group on Mondays to Saturdays from noon as part of RED January.

The campaign aims to encourage people to move every day during this month in a bid to help mental health at a time when people tend to be less active and experience low moods and depressive symptoms.

Vanessa Browning is leading walks on Mondays to Saturdays to help people beat the winter blues. (54066813)
Vanessa Browning is leading walks on Mondays to Saturdays to help people beat the winter blues. (54066813)

Each day’s short stroll begins in Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding - barring the Wednesday walk, which starts at the Baptist church in Knight Street, Pinchbeck.

The walks last for up to an hour - with people free to stop for a break and go at their own pace.

Vanessa said: “January can be a really really low month for everybody.

“These walks will help a lot of people to get them out of the house get some fresh air and get speaking to people.

“I am really doing this to raise awareness about mental health. You don’t have to have mental health to join, you can just come to spread awareness too.”

Vanessa said that the pandemic has been particularly challenging for peoples’ mental health - and feels these walks offer a social form of exercise to get people together and help them to avoid being left alone.

She said they have already got off to a good start in the the early days of the month, adding: “It’s really helping to beat those winter blues.

“It’s amazing how many people have come along and there’s been somebody new every day. We’ve had some lovely people and it’s really benefitting them.”

l For more information about RED January visit redtogether.co.uk

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