To coincide with Men’s Health Week from 12 to 18 June, the Burnley Mindsmatter Team has organised a walk up Pen Y Ghent and also a raffle to win a rare Burnley Football Club top signed by the full team to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.
The Burnley Mindsmatter Team will be holding the raffle at a stall at Burnley Town Centre on 14 June where information will be distributed along with therapists at hand to provide mental health advice. Raffle tickets costing £1 each will be sold on the day with a signed Burnley FC top up for grabs. Money raised will be donated to Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity that works to prevent men from committing suicide.
Steven Ratcliffe from Mindsmatter Burnley said:
“The walk will be done in a circular route heading anti clockwise away from Horton in Ribblesdale via Brackenbottom Scar to the summit of Pen Y Ghent. It’s open to everyone and will offer some fantastic views of Hull and Hunt Pots and a distant view of Pendle Hill. Walking is a great way of bonding, meeting new people, relaxing, building confidence and getting fresh air for your body and mind. The walk up Pen Y Ghent will take place on Sunday 11 June and is open to both men and women.
“The stall on 14 June, meanwhile, is aimed at helping people with mental health issues, getting them into meaningful activity, supporting them and offering them therapy. Anyone can come to the stall – it may be someone struggling themselves, a partner, a family member or a friend. To top it off we’ve got this wonderful football shirt signed by the entire squad and kindly donated by Burnley FC up for grabs.”
Budding walkers have been asked to meet at The Golden Lion Pub, Horton, Ribblesdale, BD24 0HB, at 10.30am for an 11 am start on 11 June. The walk will cover around 6.5 miles and take 3.5 hours. Though no specialist equipment is required, walkers should bring a waterproof jacket and sufficient water and refreshments, and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots as many areas of the route are rocky. Anyone interested in attending the walk should also email Steven Ratcliffe on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lancashire Care’s Mindsmatter service provides talking therapies for adults aged 16 and over who are experiencing common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress. The teams offer a variety of different interventions and support including stress management courses, development courses, supported online programmes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling.
For more information about the service and to access an online self-referral form, visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.