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Two mental health charities have teamed up to encourage people to ‘take five’ as they raise awareness of the importance of fresh air and exercise on wellbeing.
Sarah McFadzean, in her role as a development worker for ACUMEN – which stands for Advancing Community Understanding of Mental and Emotional Needs – has joined forces with Kintyre Link Club manager Tracy Chambers to launch the challenge.
ACUMEN is a network of members with experience of mental ill health operating across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute.
The charity delivers collective advocacy on behalf of its members to promote the wider involvement of ‘experts by experience’ in shaping mental health services, and also delivers activities and events that promote recovery, wellbeing and awareness of mental health issues on local communities.
Kintyre Link Club is a peer support group aiming to promote the welfare of those who suffer or have suffered from mental ill health, especially through these strange times.
Sarah and Tracy were inspired by David Brown, a manager at Campbeltown’s Tesco Metro store, who is completing a personal challenge of running or walking five kilometres, or completing 25 minutes of exercise, every day of 2020 in a bid raise money for charity as he maintains his fitness.
For every kilometre he completes, David donates 30p of his own money to the charity of his choice for that month. He has agreed to donate the proceeds from his November fundraising to Kintyre Link Club.
Sarah and Tracy’s ‘take five’ challenge is for anyone who wishes to join in and collect additional sponsorship for Kintyre Link Club.
Sarah explained: ‘Take five can be whatever the participant choses – from five minutes to 5K, or spread the challenge out over the week by walking a mile a day over five days for example. The aim is to enjoy some extra fresh air and exercise at a pace that suits you.’
Tracy said: ‘The Kintyre Link Club is delighted that David has chosen us as his November charity in his year-long fundraising quest. With winter fast approaching we all need to take some time for ourselves and get out there to help boost our mental health.
‘We have been blown away by the support we have received so far. Some club members and members of the public have also pledged their time and money to support our ‘take five’ challenge and we want to say a special thanks to you all.’
She added that anyone who would like find out more about Kintyre Link Club is welcome to visit its website at www.kintyrelinkclub.com or Facebook page @kintyrelinkclub.
Sarah added that anyone with an interest in mental health issues who would like to be notified of the development of a new Kintyre Mental Health Forum is welcome to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss, share and develop ideas.
Both Tracy and Sarah can be contacted by anyone who would like more information about the ‘take five’ challenge.