Walkers step up to end mental health stigma

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By Hannah O’Hanlon

More than 120 people walked a mile through Campbeltown in solidarity in a bid to stamp out the shame associated with mental health issues.

Organised by Kintyre Link Club (KLC), which promotes positive mental health and recovery, the walkers set off from the war memorial on the Esplanade at noon on Saturday in glorious sunshine.

They were joined by people in wheelchairs, pushchairs and on scooters with many adorned in bright green T-shirts, emblazoned with ‘See Me’, the name of the charity which champions the ‘Walk a Mile’ campaign.

The concept is to bring together people from different walks of life, from health professionals and carers, to people with lived experience, to speak about mental health while ‘walking a mile in each other’s shoes’.

In Campbeltown, the route took walkers past the Davaar Laundrette, acorss the road and back along the Esplanade, continuing along Kinloch Road and Hall Street.

The walkers passed Jock’s Adventure Land before crossing Kilkerran Road and heading to Main Street, past Stewart’s Green, ending at the former Red Cross Hall in Kirk Street.

PC Karen Cairns and members of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers assisted walkers throughout the walk, especially when crossing roads.

Awaiting them all in the hall was a feast of home-baking donated by generous bakers.

Tracy Chambers, manager of KLC, thanked all involved in the inaugural event and said she looked forward to next year’s.

To see Tracy’s full message of thanks, see page six.

Most of the walkers ready to ‘walk a mile in each other’s shoes’. 50_c15walk01

Members of Kintyre Link Club who took part. 50_c15walk02

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers assisted walkers throughout the event. 50_c15walk03

Walkers make their way along the Esplanade. 50_c15walk04

The route went past Jock’s Adventure Land and back into the centre of Main Street. 50_c15walk06