Break mental health barriers by walking a mile

People in West Lothian are being invited to join hundreds of others in an event to tackle mental health discrimination.

See Me, the national programme to end the stigma surrounding mental health, want people to meet at Glasgow Green to take part in the biggest Walk a Mile event.

The aim is to bring together hundreds of health professionals, carers, students and anyone who cares about tackling mental health discrimination, to break down barriers as they walk a mile in each other’s shoes.

Last year around 400 people took part in the first walk, down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and got the chance to see each other as they really were.

Chris McCullough Young created the walks after he trekked round the edge of Scotland with no money, taking only a backpack and a tent after he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

The former social worker aimed to change people’s views on mental health issues and relying entirely on the hospitality of the people he met on his way, managed to make it all the way round to Wales.

He said: “This is where Glasgow comes into its own. I’d built an idea in my head that the bigger the town or village I trundled into, the less likely the folk there would be to talk with me.

“This so was not the case with Glasgow, the city that thinks it’s a village, where everyone wants to talk to you.

“On the Walk in the Green there’s no uniforms, no barriers, everyone is on a level playing field, it’s about breaking down prejudice and seeing how fabulous people are.”

See Me’s community programme manager Eleanor Ogilvie said: “This year we want to make it even bigger and would encourage anyone who is interested to come and get involved.”

Chris will lead the walk in Glasgow from 6pm on April 20.