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Up and Running for Mental Health Awareness week

Published on Tuesday, 16th May 2017

up and running - new running club for Mental Health Awareness

An innovative new initiative in Hambleton started last week during Mental Health Awareness Week (8 -14 May).

Hambleton District Council, Tees and Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust and North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Secondary Care Unit are working together to deliver an eight week running programme to people receiving mental health care.

‘Up and Running’ is supported by England Athletics and delivered by Glen Hilton - Mental Health Worker with David Earl – Hambleton District Council Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing who offers support, advice and guidance on the positive mental health benefits of running in addition to a health programme and nutritional advice.

“Emphasis will be placed on the social, fun element of running and participants will be encouraged to join one of the range of social running groups taking place at present across Hambleton,” said David Earl.

“Research shows that running in a friendly social environment can have a significant positive impact on mental health and the aim is for that to be reflected in this, what is thought to be the first scheme of its kind in North Yorkshire.”

For more information on this and other Hambleton Running Hub related projects contact David Earl on 01609 7677202 or david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk