Walk a Mile Event Coming to Fife
Published: Tuesday 14 Mar 2017
Walk a mile
Fife is set to host two major walks, to help challenge the way people think about mental health.
The simultaneous Walk a Mile events are being arranged by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership to get people talking about mental health and breaking down stigma, with a focus on the vital area of health and social care.
The aim of the events, on Wednesday March 29th, is to show that mental health can be a topic of everyday conversations, and we are all responsible for creating positive attitudes around it.
The Walk a Mile campaign was created by See Me with activist Chris McCullough Young, based on his walk around the edge of Scotland, where he spoke to everyone he met about mental health, to change attitudes one conversation at a time.
So far thousands of people have taken part in Walks across Scotland, bringing together health professionals, carers, people with lived experience of mental health problems, students, or anyone who cares about tackling mental health discrimination, to break down barriers as they walk a mile in each other’s shoes.
Julie Paterson from Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The Health and Social Care Partnership is delighted that Walk a Mile is coming to Fife. This is about tackling stigma and discrimination in mental health one step at a time. What we know is that one in four people experience a mental health problem in any one year and that nine out of ten people with a mental health problem say they have experienced stigma. Working in collaboration with See Me across the Health and Social Care Partnership, Walk a Mile is one strand of a range of anti-stigma activity taking place in Fife and we know that the people of Fife will come out and show their support”.
Calum Irving, See Me director, said: “We want to see as many people as possible taking part in the event. Mental health affects all of us, but there is still a stigma around it. To tackle this properly people need to understand that it is okay not to be okay.
“ It is fantastic to see Fife leading on making real positive changes, to bring people together.
“One of the best ways to change how people think and behave is to make mental health a topic in day to day conversation, rather than a taboo subject people don’t want to talk about.”
The Walks will begin at 3.30pm, one at the Playfield Institute, Stratheden Hospital and the other at Silverburn Park, Largo Road, Lundin Links. Everyone is encouraged to come down. You can sign up at https://letswalkamile.org/or turn up on the day from 3pm.