Walk and Talk for Mental Health Week 2019

Posted on: Friday 20 September 2019
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Torfaen Community Connectors have joined forces with Torfaen Take a Stroll and Torfaen Employability Team to host a series of community ‘Walk and Talk Torfaen’ events in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week in October.

1 in 4 people in the UK are affected by mental health issues and  back in 2018 there were 6507 suicides recorded. 

The core aim of the walks are to help individuals improve their mental and physical wellbeing, whilst also presenting an opportunity for individuals to get together, share experiences and build new friendships.  

The daily walk will include a three mile round trip which will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

There are six 'Walk and Talk Torfaen' events planned in total, these include: 

  • Monday 7 October, 10.30am at Queens Inn, Upper Cwmbran Road, NP44 5AX
  • Tuesday 8 October, 2pm at Blaenavon Heritage Centre, Church Road, NP4 9AS
  • Wednesday 9 October, 1pm at Woodland Road Social Club (Coffee bar), Woodland Road, NP44 2DX
  • Thursday 10 October, 10.30am at Pontypool Active Living Centre, Trosnant Street, NP4 8AT
  • Friday 11 October, 10.30am at Cwmbran Stadium, Henllys Way, NP44 3YS

New walkers are required to arrive 30 minutes before starting the walk in order to register and complete a health and safety check. It is hoped that new walkers will be encouraged to join the weekly Torfaen Take a Stroll programme. 

In addition, Torfaen Community Connectors are hosting a World Mental Health Day event at Pontypool Active Living Centre on Thursday 10 October 2019. 

Residents can expect to meet a variety of organisations including the Samaritans, that will be on hand to support them with any health and wellbeing concerns they may have and to provide them with information about activities and clubs that operate in the borough. 

Executive Member for Adult Services & Housing, Councillor David Daniels said, "As a council we strive to help our most vulnerable people in Torfaen by ensuring key wellbeing services are joined up to offer a bepoke, nurtured service that can be relied upon. We recognise the unique challenges and affects mental health illness has on people and that is why we are investing in quality services like Torfaen Community Connectors, who provide opportunities for individuals to increase well-being."

Taking part in a weekly walk and staying active can have many benefits when it comes to a healthy state of mind. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality and reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. We want the public to get involved with mental health awareness week by encouraging friends and family ,that maybe experiencing mental illness, to the join the weekly walks."

To find out more information about the Walk and Talk Torfaen events please contact the team on 01495 742397 or email: communityconnectors@torfaen.gov.uk

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