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Time to Talk - extra strand added to up and running progamme

Published on Tuesday, 6th February 2018

Time to Talk day launches new strand to mental health project

A project to offer support to people with mental health issues has added another strand to its services.

The ‘Up and Running’ programme – which started as an eight week trial and is about to enter its second year – now offers walking and cycling sessions to the clients.

The scheme offers people receiving mental health care support, advice and guidance on the positive mental health benefits of exercise – as well as health and nutritional advice. And to coincide with last week’s national ‘Time to Talk Day’- a campaign aimed at getting people  across England talking about mental health –  the new walking and cycling sessions were added.

As part of the ‘day’ participants visited the brand new toning suite at Northallerton Leisure Centre and enjoyed a walk and talk around the playing fields.

“Emphasis is placed on the social, fun element of health and physical activity and participants are encouraged to join one of the range of social groups taking place across Hambleton,” said Hambleton Cabinet Member, Councillor Bridget Fortune.

“Research shows that exercising 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 – one of the first schemes of its kind in North Yorkshire.”

The programme is being delivered through a partnership of Hambleton District Council, Tees and Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust and North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Secondary Care Unit.  It is supported by England Athletics  with sessions delivered by Glen Hilton - Mental Health Worker; and David Earl – Hambleton District Council Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing.

For further details contact David Earl 01609 767202 david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk