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Come and join us in supporting Time to Talk Day!

posted 16 Jan 2017, 02:04 by Webmaster BADGERS   [ updated 23 Jan 2017, 01:33 ]


To support Time to Talk Day on Thursday 2nd February BADGERS are pleased to be supporting #runandtalk, an England Athletics initiative. The event aims to improve mental wellbeing through running and break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. The event follows on from the first ever national #runandtalk event in October 2016 in support of World Mental Health Day which saw 138 organised runs to support mental wellbeing through running.

#runandtalk takes place during the week of 28th January-3rd February 2017 with people signing up to run one mile or further and have a chat either with friends, family, colleagues or other runners. This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group.

The #runandtalk campaign aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • raising awareness of mental health problems
  • supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to running

We’re often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds, but having a mental health problem can make it difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from negative body image, or a lack of self-esteem through to practical reasons such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started.

BADGERS are organising a series of runs from Tuesday 31st January 2017 to Saturday 4th February 2017. The runs will be various distances and will include options for walking, jogging and running so everyone is welcome whether you are new to running, looking to get back into it or a regular runner.

  • Tuesday 31st January 2017 – Normal club training session where all subs collected will be donated to Mind. This session will be free to newcomers quoting #runandtalk. Meeting at Woolpack way Car Park, Atherstone at 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Week 5 of our 12 week 0-5km Beginners Programme. All subs collected donated to Mind. Meeting at Baddesley Village Hall, Keys Hill at 6.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd February 2017 – Time to Talk Day organised #runandtalk social run which is free to all and followed by cakes and a chat. Meeting at Woolpack way Car Park, Atherstone at 6.30pm
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 - #runandtalk Parkrun at Conkers at 9am. Join the BADGERS around Conkers Parkrun course and enjoy snacks and a chat afterwards.

To register to join us on the run or for more information contact:
Karen Thompson -  BADGERS Mental Health Ambassador on

The runs are supported by our volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Ambassador. Our friendly ambassador Karen Thompson has experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.

Sign up on Facebook at 

Join the conversation on social media using #runandtalk.

Time to Talk Day 2017 is on Thursday 2nd February. The day is organised by the Time to Change campaign, which is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. You can find out more at or on twitter #timetotalk.

The #runandtalk campaign is being supported by the mental health charity Mind. Hayley Jarvis, Community Programmes Manager (Sport) at Mind, said:
“Mind is delighted to support England Athletics and the #runandtalk initiative. It’s well known that regular exercise is good for our bodies – and there’s good evidence that being active improves our mental wellbeing too. Mental health problems are more common than people think with one in four people experiencing one each year. #runandtalk is a great initiative that everyone can get involved with to support their own mental health, while meeting others in their local community.”

Liz Purbrick, National Disability Manager at England Athletics said:
“We are really pleased to be supporting Time to Talk Day with #runandtalk along with our Mental Health Ambassador Programme. We are passionate about the benefits running can bring to both physical and mental wellbeing and ensuring it is an activity that is accessible and beneficial to all. We hope that #runandtalk will help to breakdown some of the stigma attached to mental health and support people to access the social, physical and mental wellbeing benefits that running can bring.” 

Running is one of the most accessible and low cost ways to be active and meet government recommendations to be moderately active for at least 150 minutes per week. Whether it’s to get fit, improve health, make friends or take on a challenge running has something to offer everyone.

England Athletics
England Athletics develops grass roots athletics and running in England, supporting affiliated clubs to prosper, developing more and better coaches, recruiting and supporting volunteers and officials. England Athletics provides and supports competition opportunities at an international (England representative), national, area and county level. England Athletics also delivers campaigns and products to inspire and provide opportunities for people in England to start running. These include This Girl Can Run (a running activation campaign from Sport England's parent This Girl Can campaign) and Run England, a national recreational group-based running product. 
England Athletics is a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. The Charter sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health and help people seek support when needed, see more at

For more information on England Athletics please visit 

We're Mind, the mental health charity for England and Wales. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We have a federated network of over 140 local Minds across England and Wales. Our Get Set to Go programme aims to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems through access to sport in their communities, with support from Sport England and the National Lottery.
We work to remove the barriers that people living with mental health problems can face when wanting to take up a sport. We aim to increase and sustain their independent participation in mainstream sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.
For more information on Mind’s sport and physical activity work please visit

Time to Change
We are Time to Change, a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Our voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Our campaign is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined us to make change happen.

For more information go to
Webmaster BADGERS,
16 Jan 2017, 02:04