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The Mind Walk FAQs

About the Mind Walk

The Mind Walk is a virtual walk on 3 July to raise awareness for all of us affected by mental health problems and to raise funds so we can keep fighting for support and respect.

The Mind Walk is not a physical fitness challenge, it’s about taking the fight for mental health out in the open. Walk up to 10km on a route of your choice on 3 July, or pick any other day in July. Fly the flag for mental health your own way - walk on your own or with family, take in the sunrise or sunset or meet up with friends halfway for a midday picnic.

Wherever we are in the country, we’ll be walking united in the fight for mental health ­– unstoppable together.

Visit the Mind Walk website and click on the ‘sign up’ button. You can either walk with us on 3 July or pick any other day in July.

Choose your route and how far you'd like to walk. We recommend not walking any further than 10km. Check our guide to walking safely as you plan your route.

Before the event, we will send you a flag in the post. You can write your reason for taking part in the Mind Walk on your flag and carry it proudly while you walk.

Although we are apart, everyone taking part in the Mind Walk will be walking together this July for understanding, for change and for mental health – unstoppable together

Use the hashtag #theMindWalk to connect with others who are doing their own Mind Walk. Share your photos and stories on social media and make sure to tag Mind in your posts so we can see how your walk is going too.

Facebook: @mindforbettermentalhealth

Twitter: @mindcharity

Instagram: @mindcharity

You can also join the Mind Walk Facebook group, which is only for people taking part in the Mind Walk. You will get a link to this group once you have signed up.

Registration

It's free to enter the Mind Walk and we ask everyone taking part to raise £100 to ensure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn to for support.

You'll receive a free t-shirt when you sign up and a medal if you reach your £100 goal.

Visit the Mind Walk website to register.

The Mind Walk is open to anybody, but you need to be 16 or over to register. If you are under 16 and still want to take part, please ask a parent or guardian to get in touch with us on [email protected]

Yes, absolutely. Every adult who intends to walk on the day needs to register using our online form, so all carers will need to do this too. However, if you drop us an email at [email protected] with your name and your carer's name we will make your carer exempt from the £100 fundraising goal (though we'd love it if they would like to fundraise).

Anyone aged 16 or over can register for the Mind Walk. If you are walking with anyone under 16, please email [email protected] to let us know.

Yes, you can register any time up until 31 July 2021. Please note, if you register after 25 June, you will receive your t-shirt and flag after 3 July, subject to availability.

You'll be sent your digital guide to the Mind Walk as soon as you register. You can also access the pack at any time, along with lots of other resources, in The Mind Walk resource centre.

We will send you a t-shirt when you receive your first donation on your JustGiving page, just make sure to give us your t-shirt size.

Please note, if you register after 25 June, you will receive your t-shirt and flag after the event day, subject to availability.

Yes they can! Unfortunately we do not have infant sized t-shirts but you can request an XS-XXL size t-shirt for any children you are walking with by emailing [email protected].

We will automatically send out a t-shirt to everyone who registers on the Mind Walk website. If you are fundraising with someone else and the fundraising page is in their name you will not automatically receive a t-shirt, but if you drop us an email at [email protected] we'll get one out to you straight away.

Groups

You're welcome to take part with friends or family, but please only do this within the latest government guidelines on social distancing. According to the roadmap out of lockdown, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact no earlier than 21 June 2021, but this is subject to review. Carrying on with "hands, face, space" and regularly testing for coronavirus continues to be recommended.

Everyone aged over 16 in your team must register for the Mind Walk separately.

We ask everyone taking part in the Mind Walk to aim to raise £100, though you can all fundraise together if you wish.

You can either all set up a JustGiving page and link them through a team page, or you can set up one fundraising page and list all of your team mates' names in the story section.

Fundraising

We ask everyone taking part in the Mind Walk to aim for a goal of raising £100. Everyone who raises £100 or more will receive a medal.

If you don't raise £100 you will still be able to take part, however we encourage everyone to raise as much as they can to help make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn to for support.

JustGiving is the easiest way to fundraise and a page will be created for you when you register.

Due to coronavirus, we recommend you only fundraise through virtual platforms and in this instance your JustGiving page.

For more fundraising advice please visit our resource page or email the team at [email protected]

When you register for the Mind Walk through the Mind Walk website, a JustGiving page will be set up for you automatically.

We have lots of resources to help you speak about Mind and the Mind Walk that you can find in our resource centre.

The Mind Walk is a bespoke event created by national Mind. If you register with national Mind, all of your donations will go directly to national Mind.

Some local Minds are taking part in the Mind Walk and if you would like to fundraise for your local Mind, you will need to contact them directly.

Find your local Mind.

We understand that the difference between national and local Minds often causes confusion and that many people are not aware of our federated structure.

We at national Mind are a separate charity from the local Mind organisations, and while we have similar aims and values, we fulfil slightly different roles. We provide the nationwide information services, Infoline, and campaign nationally for support and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. This structure allows the local Minds to work on front line services specifically for the communities that they work with.

Please contact the JustGiving helpdesk here who will be able to advise you on any issues with your page.

On the day

There is no set distance for the Mind Walk. You can choose your own route and how far you'd like to walk. We recommend not walking any further than 10km. 

Have a look at our guide to walking safely before you plan your route.

Yes, but you will be asked to let us know you are doing this when you sign up.

No, you can do the Mind Walk at your own pace. Please only walk during daylight hours and aim to finish before it gets too dark.

You won't be required to talk about your mental health to take part in this event. If you would like to share your experiences, you can join our private Facebook group just for people who are taking part in the Mind Walk

We would like to gather a few volunteers to tell their story ahead of the event day - if you would like to be involved please contact us.

We strongly discourage the use of headphones while taking part in the event. As this is not a closed road event, walkers need to be mindful and alert at all times.

Before the event we will send you a flag in the post. You can write your reason for taking part in the Mind Walk on your flag and wave it proudly while you walk. Don't forget to share a picture of your flag with us using the hashtag #TheMindWalk and tagging us on the following channels:

Facebook: @mindforbettermentalhealth

Twitter: @mindcharity

Instagram: @mindcharity

You can also download a digital copy of the flag to edit and share on your social media pages from the Mind Walk resource centre.

Wherever we are in the country, we'll be walking united in the fight for mental health - unstoppable together.

Use the hashtag #TheMindWalk to connect with others who are doing their own Mind Walk. Share your photos and stories on social media and make sure to tag Mind in your posts so we can see how your walk is going too.

Facebook: @mindforbettermentalhealth

Twitter: @mindcharity

Instagram: @mindcharity

You can also join the Mind Walk Facebook group, which is only for people taking part in the Mind Walk. 

If you have raised £100 we will send you a medal in the post six weeks after the Mind Walk.

It is important that we all continue to act responsibly to keep ourselves and others safe while taking part in the Mind Walk. Make sure to stay up to date and follow the  UK Government guidance, including from devolved nations of ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland when undergoing your challenge. Restrictions and advice can change over time so in order to ensure you are remaining safe for yourself and other people we advise that you keep up to date with announcements and apply any new requirements and limitations to your fundraising.

Please consider carefully whether you wish to take on the challenge if you may be in vulnerable circumstances or be at higher risk from coronavirus. Your safety is the most important thing to us, and we do not want anybody to put themselves at risk through fundraising.

Cancellation

Please let us know if you're no longer able to take part by emailing us

If you feel unwell or become injured during your walk, please do not continue. Tell someone you are taking part and have someone on hand to call in case you can no longer continue your walk.

If you or any of your household experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not take part in the Mind Walk.

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