Why I'm walking 26 miles for CALM
Wednesday 2nd Sep
26 miles in one day?
Yes, you read that correctly.
On the 25th of October 2020, I will be braving the Scottish elements and taking part in the nation-wide Lost Hours Walk.
Maybe it's my post-lockdown brain finally getting to me, thinking that this is a good idea, but I'm committed now and I couldn't think of a more worthwhile cause.
I haven't kept my struggles with mental health a secret, and if you're from the CFJ then you know how un-filtered I can be. I think it's safe to say, however, that I wouldn't be where I am today without the support I have received from peers, tutors and mental health charities.
It's been almost a year since I was hospitalised for my mental health, and I think that this is a great opportunity to acknowledge how far I've come in my recovery.
Talking about our feelings is still painfully stigmatised, and 2020 has been challenging enough as it is. I'm walking to smash the silence surrounding mental health.
I'm walking for a brighter, more positive future.
My target is £100, but obviously I'd love to go above and beyond. Just £8 is enough to fund a fully-trained helpline worker to answer a call that could save a life.
Imagine what £100, or more, could do.
I'll be posting updates here, right up until the big day. Practice walks, route planning, inevitable dread, the lot. Hit me up on Twitter too, @
kayleigh_osb , to keep up to date with my progress.
Guess I'd better dust off my hiking boots.