for better mental health

The Mind Walk FAQs

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.

You have to be 18 or older to enter The Mind Walk. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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).

When you register for The Mind Walk, please let us know if you will be walking with anyone under the age of 18. You don't need to register them individually, but we do need to know how many people will be walking on the day. If you have any questions about walking with under 18's please drop us a line.

Yes, you can register any time up until the day of The Mind Walk. Please note that if you register within one week of the event, you will receive your t-shirt after the event day, subject to availability.

You'll be sent a link to a digital fundraising pack when 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 sign up, just make sure to give us your t-shirt size.

Please note, if you register within one week of The Mind Walk, you will receive your t-shirt 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-XL size t-shirt for any children you are walking with by emailing TheMindWalk @mind.org.uk.

We will automatically send out a t-shirt to everyone who registers on our 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. The current guidelines state that in England, a maximum of six people from different households and support bubbles can gather in a group. In Wales gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted outdoors. But you should continue to maintain physical and social distancing from people outside your household, or extended household if you have formed one. This does not apply to areas under local lockdown.

Each person in your team has to register separately, and there is a space in the form for you to add your team name so we know you're taking part together.

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, or you can download a sponsorship form. For more fundraising advice please visit our resource page or email the team at [email protected]

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.

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 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 by tagging @mindcharity and using the hashtag #themindwalk.

Although we are apart, everyone taking part in The Mind Walk will be walking together for understanding, for change and better mental health.

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. The group will be open in the weeks leading up to the event date.

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

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.

Other ways to get involved

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