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RED January FAQs

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This January, challenge yourself to get active every day, your way.

Whether you run, swim, cycle or choose your favourite fitness activity, set your goal and enjoy support from the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way.

Kick-start your 2020 in the most positive way and raise funds for Mind so together we can be active for better mental health.

The choice is yours! You could pick something you love to do and challenge yourself to do it more often or for longer. Or pick something you have never tried and challenge yourself to stick to it for 31 days.

In 2019, the majority of the RED community did one of the following activities – running, walking, gym sessions, yoga, Pilates, cycling or swimming. We also had REDers who danced, played team sports or did a different activity every day.

RED January is founded on research that physical activity can have a positive impact on your mental health.
82% of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2019 according to the post-RED survey.

More information about the importance of physical activity to mental health can be found on Mind's website.

RED January can provide you with a goal and focus to help you through a characteristically tough month, by challenging yourself to get active every day, your way.

Typically we can be cash poor in January; RED January is free and all-inclusive.

RED January can empower, educate and support you to start the year as you mean to go on, forming healthy habits to continue throughout January and beyond.

Whether you're planning on swimming lengths every morning, walking 10 minutes a day, attending your favourite fitness class or running 100 miles in the month, set your own goal that works for you and listen to your body. Everyone is different. We'll be here to support you every step, splash and pedal of the way!

In most circumstances, exercising is beneficial for your mental and physical health and can be helpful as part of a long-term recovery or treatment plan. But there are some situations where you might need to take extra care in case it starts to become a problem for you.
It's important to be aware that you could be at risk of over-exercising. RED January encourages setting realistic goals, tailored to YOU. We are all unique and our approach to exercise should be also. The general advice is that exercise should be around 30 minutes per day, no more than 45 minutes.

We also encourage REDers to mix up their routine with yoga and stretching, doing low impact sports where possible and rest when needed.

Find more information about exercising safely on Mind's website.

At a location that suits you. Whether you're exercising solo, with friends, family, colleagues, or even your pet dog, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily activity.

You can also feel supported in the knowledge that you will be part of a growing community of REDers around the country that will be out and about getting active at the same time as you.


To register go to and click on Register Now.

Registration for RED January is free ensuring the RED experience is as inclusive as possible.

Yes - taking part in RED January as a team is a great way to keep motivated and supported. 

When you register there will be an option for you to register a team. As the team leader you will be able to create a team name and invite people to join your team by email or on social media. You will also be given the option to set up a team JustGiving page and link individual JustGiving pages to your team page.

When a member of your team registers for RED January, they will be given the option to buy one t-shirt and one sports snood on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at [email protected]

We recommend registering early to give you plenty of time to plan your activity and think about whether you want to fundraise as part of your January challenge.

The sooner you register, the sooner you can benefit from access to RED materials like t-shirts and sports snood (which are provided on a first come, first served basis) and get support from the RED social media communities.

Registrations will remain open until the end of January.

Yes – taking part in healthy physical activity when young is a great way to form good habits for the future. These habits will help you stay well and support your physical and mental wellbeing. 

If you are under 16, please check with your parent or guardian to get their permission to take part.

We will look after any personal information you share with us. This is central to our values as an organisation. We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident about how any personal information they share will be looked after or used.

Please read our privacy policy for full details on how we process, store and use personal data and our Supporter Promise for how we work to value and respect your support.

T-shirts and sports snoods 

We are excited to share RED's exclusive RED January 2020 technical t-shirts and sports snoods (including some very special touches).

As the t-shirts and sports snoods do come at a significant cost to Mind, there is a charge of £10 for t-shirts and £5 for sports snoods to help cover these costs and ensure funds raised from those taking part in RED January are used to support better mental health.

When you register at there will be an option to purchase a t-shirt – a range of sizes in male and female fits are available and/or a sports snood. All t-shirts and sports snoods are available on a first come, first served basis.

Yes! We can offer each REDer the opportunity to buy one t-shirt and one sports snood, so if you did not purchase one when you registered, all you need to do is re-visit the registration page at and log in with the information you used to register. You can then access the t-shirt/ sports snood purchase page.

As t-shirts are available on a first-come-first-served basis, we would recommend that you buy a t-shirt and/or a sports snood as soon as possible if you would like one.

If you have set up a JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page for RED without registering on the website, you will need to complete the full registration at in order to purchase your RED t-shirt and/or sports snood.

T-shirts are available in male sizes from S through to XXL; female sizes from S to XL. A size chart is available when you purchase a t-shirt via the registration page

Your RED t-shirt/sports snood will arrive within 10 working days. Please remember if you register between 23 Dec and 2 Jan, it will take longer for your t-shirt/ sports snood to arrive as Royal Mail deliveries are reduced over the Christmas and New Year period.

If you have tried on your RED t-shirt and it does not fit you can exchange it for a different size. Please send your RED t-shirt, order number and the new size you would like to the below address. If you would like a refund instead, please send your RED t-shirt, order number and a note saying you would like a refund to the below address.

Mind Red January,
Building 2 (Returns),
Bellamy Road,
NG18 4LN

Please allow 21 days for your exchange/refund to be processed. If your top has been worn we may not be able to exchange it or issue a refund. Sports snoods will not be eligible for returns unless faulty.

T-shirts and sports snoods are provided on a first-come-first-served basis and will remain on sale until they have run out.

Ahead of RED January 2019, we know you loved the excited feeling of receiving your bright red parcels and goodies. This year we have reviewed our materials to make sure we are reducing our use of paper and plastic across the board; and to ensure our focus is on as much money raised by the RED community going directly towards continuing Mind's life-saving work.

We have sourced materials that reduce our environmental impact and unless you have ordered a RED t-shirt or neck buff, all other materials will be available to download here.


Mind has made the decision to continue to send out medals at this time to make sure we are supporting our amazing RED community and honouring our commitment to you all. We appreciate that many of you may be concerned about this – rest assured we have factored in making sure that all medals are sent out safely and securely to the community, which is why your medal may take a while to reach you this year.

Medals are being sent out to everyone who paid their fundraising in by 23 March from 9 April 2020. We will then be working through anyone who paid in after this date.

If you have not received your medal by May and you raised funds for Mind, please email [email protected] and the RED team at Mind will look into this for you.


When registering for RED January 2020 there will be an option to set up your fundraising page and we recommend doing this straight away to help you get started with your fundraising.

If you have already registered you can still set up a JustGiving page – just visit and click 'start fundraising' and you'll be able to set up a page linked to our RED January campaign.

Once your page is set up, our friends at JustGiving recommend that you add a photo and the story of why you are taking part in RED January as this has been shown to help boost your fundraising.

Share your page with all your family, friends and on your social networks to make sure everyone can see and support your incredible RED journey.

There is no individual fundraising target for RED January – we encourage you to raise whatever you feel comfortable with. Every pound REDers raise is hugely important in continuing Minds vital work.

For example if you raised £100, it would help Mind empower 71 people to campaign for better mental health – from lobbying MPs, to sharing Mind's campaign videos and resources to driving change in their local area; Mind educates and supporters campaigners to fight for better mental health understanding, awareness and services.

To help support you, we've put together a step-by-step fundraising guide filled with lots of tips and inspiration. Download your guide at

If you would like to chat about your fundraising, the RED team would love to listen and support you! Please email [email protected] or call 0300 999 3887

To date REDers have raised over £1.7m for Mind, making a real difference to
people experiencing a mental health problem across England and Wales. Find out more about Mind's work here

Visit RED's social channels; @redjanuaryuk, to find out more about the impact of RED January fundraising.

As RED January grows, we're starting to expand our pilot partnership with the local Mind network. There are 30 local Minds taking part in RED January in 2020. We hope you'll agree this is a great step forward! Our aim is to partner with many more in the future promoting fundraising opportunities that will directly impact your local community, whilst building a network of REDers nearby.

Below is the full list of local Minds taking part in RED January 2020;

Buckinghamshire Mind
Coastal West Sussex Mind
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind
Dorset Mind
Hull and East Yorkshire Mind
Lambeth and Southwark Mind
Leeds Mind
Manchester Mind
Mid and North East Essex Mind
Mind in Bradford
Mind in Croydon
Mind in Furness
Mind in Mid Herts
Mind in Salford
Mind in West Essex
Mind Monmouthshire
Newport Mind
Norfolk and Waveney Mind
North East Lincolnshire Mind
North Staffs Mind
Redcar and Cleveland
Rochdale and District Mind
Solent Mind
Stockport and District Mind
Suffolk Mind
Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind
Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
Washington Mind
West Kent Mind
York Mind

If you would like to fundraise for your local Mind you will need to register with them directly by clicking on their link above

At RED our priority is to ensure everyone gets the support they deserve and the best RED January experience possible. Although RED January continues to grow, we are still a very small team. For this year that means we're not in a position to work with all local Minds. We want to ensure local Minds get the help and resources they need to build and enrich their RED communities. We can't offer that for everyone yet, but know that this is a huge priority for the future.

If your local Mind isn't doing RED January this year, we would still love for you to sign up and raise vital funds that will support people in the UK who are living with mental health problems.

By registering to take part in RED January at and setting up a JustGiving page, you are agreeing to raise money for national Mind and help us continue our work / helping them continue their vital work, providing advice and support across England and Wales to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.

You can send in your fundraising in three ways:

  1. By post – send your cheques to: Mind RED January team, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ. Please include your name and full postal address plus that you have taken part in RED January 2020.
  2. Over the phone – call our Supporter Relations team on 0300 999 3887 to make a credit or debit card payment.
  3. Online – donate on the Mind website. Please include 'RED January' in your reference.

We've put together a step-by-step fundraising guide filled with lots of tips and inspiration. Feel free to download it from

We'd be delighted to send you a medal in recognition of your fundraising achievements and how much you have raised to support Mind's vital services.

These medals will be automatically sent to RED fundraisers from March 2020 onwards. This is to give everyone enough time to collect and send in their fundraising and make sure everyone who should get a medal does receive one. Medals will be sent to the address you originally registered your RED January participation under.

If you have not received your medal by 1 May 2020 and you did fundraise as part of RED January, please let the RED January Team know by emailing
[email protected] or call us on 0300 999 3887

If you'd prefer not to receive a fundraising medal, please email us at [email protected] before 28 February 2020.

If you registered as part of a team or are part of a team on JustGiving, each team member will receive a RED January 2020 medal.

If you haven't already let us know who you're fundraising with, please email [email protected] with the subject line 'team fundraising' and we will review these emails when medals start to be sent you to ensure you receive the right amount.

All RED January registrations must be completed at the main registration page to ensure your details are recorded on our database.

When you set up your Virgin Money Giving page, this will be matched to your entry on our database so that you will receive a fundraising medal.

Fantastic! The quickest way to make a donation is to visit our Justgiving RED January page and click on the 'Donate' button. Your donation will then be added to our overall team total.

Alternatively you can also make a donation
(1) Online – donate on the Mind website. Please include 'RED January' in your reference

(2) Over the phone - call our Supporter Relations team on 0300 999 3887 to make a credit or debit card payment

(3) By post – send your cheques to: Mind RED January team, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ. Please include your name and full postal address plus that you have taken part in RED January 2020

RED January community

You can join the RED online community via RED January Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via redjanuaryuk. 

The communities are a space for you to share your personal progress and feel supported by endless amounts of encouragement.

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Remember to include #REDJanuary in your social as we'd love to see where your RED January journey takes you.

We would love to find out more about why REDers are taking part! Please contact [email protected] to share more about your story. There are some tips on the best ways to do this on the Mind website

We may receive more offers of stories than we are able to respond to or publish, but we aim to get back to as many of you as we can. 

If you want to share your story and photos with the RED community, please do post them straight onto the RED community social media channels.

Share your thoughts, ask a question or simply say hello at [email protected] – the emails are checked throughout the day Monday to Friday and we do our best to respond to all emails within 48 hours. You can also give us a call on 0300 999 3887, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

We know that those of us who experience low moods, difficult life circumstances and more severe mental health conditions are not restricted to feeling the symptoms for one month of the year. 

As a REDer, January is just the beginning. RED January has had life-changing effects on the lives of many people who continue their newly found (or rekindled) relationship with physical activity well into the future. 

The RED community and Mind are here all year round. Feel free to remain part of the community, share stories and offer and receive support after your RED January experience and know that the RED community will be with you every step, splash and pedal of the way. 

There are also Mind events throughout the year for you to continue using physical exercise to help manage your mental wellbeing. To find a Mind event, see our events pages.

RED January is proud to be continuing its exclusive charity partnership with Mind. Many taking part in RED January choose to fundraise for Mind, supporting the vital work that they do for mental health.  

As the UK's leading mental health charity, Mind do incredible work in this field. They give advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Many in the RED community have benefited directly from their information and resources.

To date, RED January has raised over £1.7m for charity partner, Mind. We're excited to see where the RED January 2020 fitness and fundraising journey takes you and the wider community!

  • Mind Infoline is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 0300 123 3393. You can also text the Infoline on 86463 or email [email protected] You can find more information about our other helplines including the Legal Line and Blue Light Infoline on Mind's website.
  • Mental health information. There is a wealth of information about a huge range of issues on the Mind website – all the information is available free of charge and has been certified as trustworthy and reliable by the Information Standard.
  • Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, but now there's a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you're feeling good right now, or really low, it's a safe place to share experiences and listen to other – find out more.
  • Local Minds. There are local Mind services across England and Wales, providing support via direct services like talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Find your nearest local Mind.
  • Crisis support. If you need immediate help, please contact your Accident & Emergency department or call NHS Direct (111). You can also contact the Samaritans who are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 or emailing [email protected]

More information and support is available here

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