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What is RED January?
RED January is a community initiative that encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every single day.
Whether it is running 5k, or walking to work a new way, a morning swim or taking your bike out for a spin - join the thousands of people around the UK kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.
How can physical activity help support your mental health?
RED January is founded on research that physical activity can have a positive impact on your mental health.
87% of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2018 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.
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.
What if exercising every day seems too daunting?
Whether you’re planning on swimming lengths every morning, walking 10 mins a day, attending your favourite fitness class or running 100 miles in the month, every achievement is celebrated no matter how big or small.
You can scale things up or ease them back, just keep listening to your body. RED experts will be on hand to offer handy tips and advice.
Are there any risks associated with exercising every day?
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.
Where does RED January take place?
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.
How do I register?
Registration is now closed for RED January 2019 but feel free to keep active every day and join the RED community via the official social channels for some extra support - @redjanuaryuk. News on how to register your interest for RED January 2020 will be shared on RED Januarys social channels soon.
I did not purchase a RED t-shirt when I registered and I now would like to buy one. Can I still buy a t-shirt?
Absolutely. If you’ve registered, you can log back into your account at registrations.redtogether.co.uk and the option to buy a t-shirt will appear. There’s also now the option to buy one for friends and family, or perhaps even another for yourself.
As the t-shirts do come at a significant cost to Mind, there is a charge of £10 to help cover these costs and ensure funds raised from those taking part in RED January are used to support better mental health.
I am under 16 – can I still take part in RED 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.
What will you do with any personal information I give you?
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.
I want to fundraise when I take part in RED January – what do I need to do next?
Fantastic! To date REDers have raised over £1.3m for Mind, making a real difference to people experiencing a mental health problem across England and Wales. Visit RED’s social channels; @redjanuaryuk, to find out more about the impact of RED January fundraising.
If you would like to fundraise, the easiest way is to set up a JustGiving page. Just click ‘start fundraising’ and you’ll be prompted to set up a page linked to RED January and Mind. There is also an option to set up this fundraising page when registering.
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.
The RED January team will be sharing regular updates via email once you have registered, which will include useful tips for your fundraising. You can also access lots of useful materials and ideas on the downloads section of the website.
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
I want to collect my fundraising in cash and cheques, how do I send this money to Mind?
You can send in your fundraising in three ways:
- 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 2019.
- Over the phone – call our Supporter Relations team on 0300 999 3887 to make a credit or debit card payment.
- Online – donate on the Mind website. Please include ‘RED January’ in your reference.
Are there any materials you can send me to help me with my fundraising?
Mind and RED January have a range of materials to help you make of the most of your fundraising.
Check out what Mind has available online and what RED January has available here.
How do I get a fundraising medal?
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 1 March 2019 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 the end of March 2019 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
I’m fundraising with someone else/in a team – will we all receive a medal?
If you are joint fundraising with another person or team, please make sure all the fundraisers are listed on your JustGiving page.
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.
I’m fundraising using Virgin Money Giving – am I registered to take part in RED January and will I still receive a medal?
All RED January registrations must be completed at the main registration page (redtogether.co.uk) 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.
By registering to take part in RED January and setting up a JustGiving page, you are agreeing to raise money for national Mind and help us continue our work, providing advice and support across England and Wales to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Can I take part and raise money for my local Mind?
As RED January grows, we’re starting to expand our pilot partnership with the local Mind network. There are 25 local Minds taking part in RED January in 2019, more than double the number that took part in 2018. 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 2019;
Mind BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes)
Carlisle Eden Mind
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind
Mind in Croydon
Mind in Furness
Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind
Mind in Harrow
Hertfordshire Mind Network
Hull and East Yorkshire Mind
Mind in Greater Manchester
Mind in Mid Herts
Mid and North East Essex Mind
Middlesborough and Stockton Mind
South Lakeland Mind
Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
Mind in West Cumbria
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 redtogether.co.uk and setting up a JustGiving page, you are agreeing to raise money for national Mind and help us continue our 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.
Your RED community
How do I connect with other RED January participants?
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.
Facebook - facebook.com/redjanuaryuk
Instagram - instagram.com/redjanuaryuk
Twitter - twitter.com/REDJanuaryUK
Include #REDJanuary in your social posts so we can see where your RED January journey takes you.
I have an interesting story to tell about why I am taking part in RED January – who can I contact?
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.
How do I contact someone from the RED Support team?
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.
Please note: the RED January team will be working at reduced hours over the Christmas break. If you have an urgent enquiry we will try our hardest to get back to you.
After January, is that it for RED?
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. You can take a look here!
Can you tell me more about the partnership between RED January and Mind?
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.
In 2017, £140K was raised via RED January for Mind. In 2018, REDers raised an unprecedented £1,007,136 for the charity.
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.
I need support with my mental health / the mental health of a loved one – how can you help?
- 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]