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Step Up for Mental Health

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Step Up for Mental Health

This May, we’re asking you to walk 10,000 steps a day, raising money and awareness for No Limits and the mental health support we offer to young people.

Mental health is a big issue for young people right now. 1 in 6 young people in England aged 5-16 experience mental health problems (NHS, 2020), while 31% of 16-24 year olds reported feelings of depression or anxiety (ONS, 2017/18).

Not only will this challenge raise vital funds to help young people with their mental health in our area, it will also boost your mood, help reduce stress, and improve sleep.

Join the community of walkers online and in-person, walking 11,000 miles together for mental health – that’s the equivalent of the coastline of Britain!

Sign up below and receive a FREE No Limits t-shirt.

Studies have shown that walking around 10,000 steps every day can help to keep us fit and healthy, but how many of us actually do that? According to NHS data, the average person in the UK walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day, so it’s time to up our game.

But why 10,000? It’s been the magic number since it was used in a marketing campaign before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Research shows that the more exercise you do, the better it is for your physical and mental health and so the 10,000 figure stuck.

With Mental Health Awareness Week’s (13th – 19th May) theme of ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’, challenge yourself this May and raise money to support young people’s mental health, while doing something for your own, too!

Last year, we supported 4,000 young people with their mental health. That’s a 21% increase on the year before and that number is still increasing.

Mental health services for young people across the country are at capacity, struggling to meet the rapidly growing demand, so they need all the support they can get.

With your amazing fundraising efforts, we will be able to reach even more young people in need.

How do I start?
To get going, simply sign up using the form below. You’ll then receive a welcome email including a fundraising pack and information on how to create a JustGiving page for No Limits.

Do I have to do 10,000 steps every day?
That’s up to you. You can do 10,000 steps every day, but if you can’t complete 10,000 steps one day, you can make it up another day. Or you could save up some steps and go on a weekend hike!

How do I track my steps?
You can use a smartwatch, fitbit or smartphone to track steps. We know not everyone will be able to count steps, so you can track your miles instead on the basis that 4.5 miles is 10,000 steps.

How do I submit my steps or miles
At the start of May, there will be a form on this page where you can submit your scores. Lookout for the leaderboard, too!

We know people lead busy lives. If you can’t join the challenge this time, but would still like to support us, you can donate via our JustGiving page: justgiving.com/campaign/stepupformentalhealth

Sign up to Step Up for Mental Health


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