'Red January' relaunches for 2019

A national campaign at getting people every day to support their mental health will be launched for the second time in January.

Mind, the mental health charity, will stage the national ‘Red January’ campaign with the aim of helping thousands of people kickstarting 2019 in the most positive way by walking, swimming, running or cycling.

The campaign also aims to raise awareness and support for mental health during what is characteristically a tough month.

Red January is founded on research that shows physical activity can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing and reduce symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. In the post Red January 2018 survey, 87% of participants reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after getting active every day.

Marianne Storey is Chief Executive for Dorset Mind. She told the Dorset Echo: “Last year several of our staff, including me, took part in the challenge and we found from experience that exercise really does boost your mental wellbeing.

“You gain a real sense of achievement and camaraderie from taking part in the national project alongside Mind Charity, and the online support is phenomenal.

"The best thing is that everyone benefits. You set your own challenge, whether it be simply to do five minutes walking, swimming or cycling a set distance. It means that you’re in control and can tailor your goal to your ability.”

To register now for Red January and get your free starter kit, visit redtogether.co.uk