Wakefield service marks Mental Health Awareness Week

News item posted: 04 April 2014

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week staff from the Turning Point Rightsteps service in Wakefield, with the assistance of friends and colleagues, aimed to 'cover' a mile for every client currently in treatment, 671 miles in total.

Today the services celebrated the huge achievement of running, rowing, cycling or walking 811.5 miles, 140.5 miles over the original target.

The aim of the Rightsteps service is to provide fast acting psychological treatments, sometimes called talking therapies, to people with common mental health problems, such as low mood, anxiety and general stress.

Each year the Mental Health Foundation campaigns around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for this year's campaign, which runs until 19 May, was physical activity and exercise, highlighting the impact they have on mental health and wellbeing.

Ben Mallinson, Assistant Manager of Fit24, the Wakefield gym who hosted the event said;  

"We are a local gym and it is fantastic to support our local Turning Point service. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy life, both physical and mental. Everyone deserves to access the help they need and we didn't hesitate to say yes."

Deana Kirkby, Operations Manager for Turning Point's Rightsteps service in Wakefield said;

"We are delighted to have exceeded our target. This event has not only highlighted the important link between mental and physical wellbeing but it has also provided the opportunity for staff to work together to achieve a shared goal.

I have seen fantastic team spirit and huge motivation as well as a healthy competiveness supported by other Turning Point services, partners, family and friends as well as our great local gym, Fit24. Maintaining a healthy wellbeing is important to both clients and staff and we are proud of the service we deliver to support this. I want to congratulate everyone involved on this great achievement."