WE CAME BACK!
In 2019 we walked 111 miles, because 111 people take their lives each week.
2020 saw all our events and funding cancelled due to COVID19, but in true PH7 fighting spirit, we came back!
We walked 18.6 miles, because 186 people in Lancashire take their lives each week.
What Is The Massive Mental Walk?
PH7 LIFE raise money to put people through free depression and anxiety courses. We’ve done that by walking 111 miles, because 111 people take their lives each week, and 18.6 miles because 186 people in Lancashire die by suicide each year..
The 2019 walk took place in the North West over 6 weekends in August and September 2019, and the 2020 walk was in September 2020. Honouring ‘Suicide Prevention Day’.
Mental health will never be solved alone, so we encouraged people to enter by themselves and join the PH7 army, or as groups.
The groups consisted of family, friends or work teams. Either way, over 350 people have come and joined the PH7 army walking all over mental health.
Mental Health Statistics Surrounding COVID19.
Mental health has taken a backseat during COVID, which is why we felt it was important to continue with our 2020 walk.
Depression rates doubled
Almost 70% of people have been ‘very worried’ during COVID.
Calls to emergency mental health support lines doubled.
56% of people felt stressed or anxious.
Calls to domestic abuse lines rose by 49%
1 in 5 people experienced suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.
Mental health services across the country were already stretched, with providers reporting an inability to meet demand.
Half of working psychiatrists said they saw a rise in the requirement for their emergency services during the pandemic.
With all of these stresses and strains on mental health during the period of COVID19, many services, including our own were forced to close our doors.
why we WALK…
186 People die by suicide in Lancashire every year. We walked 18.6 miles to commemorate their lives and highlight suicide awareness.
PH7 LIFE are committed to ending stigma around mental health and helping to save as many lives as possible.
Our anxiety and depression courses have exceptional results. 83% of our clients achieve recovery from depression, and 94% of clients achieve recovery from anxiety after attending our course.
Each course is provided for free, but it costs PH7 £1000 to provide the course per person. Our ‘Massive MENtal Health Walk’ aims to raise awareness and funds.
Each £1000 raised could help save a life…
2020 Walk Memories
MASSIVE MENTAL WALK – 2019 – MEMORIES
Take a look at the days, pictures and see just how far we walked all over mental health!
Preston to Blackpool
Wigan to Blackburn
Liverpool to Southport
Blackburn to HOME
PH7 HQ (Burnley)
Meet Some Of Our Family
When you get so tired of letting people down that suicide seems like the only option.
I wanted to create 'The Massive Mental Walk' for two reasons. I've been that person in that place who feels that their journey is at an end, and the only option is to take your life. I want to connect with other people who have been affected by those thoughts in some way. I also want to raise money for our incredible anxiety and depression courses that we provide to free for the general public. I don't want to just 'talk' about mental health, I actually want to change it. That's why I'm walking!
I blame myself for my step father’s suicide.
I'm walking for my step father Paul. He died by suicide two years ago. I blame myself every day. I'm a mental health nurse, it's my job to help people and I couldn't help Paul. I want people to come together and talk more openly about mental health and their feelings. I want to walk because I want people to know I support them, and they can talk to me.
The loss of my identity nearly caused me to lose my life.
The loss of my identity nearly caused me to lose my lifeIt wasn't all that long ago that I stood on a bridge in my army uniform and I was ready to take my life. I'm grateful not to be in that place anymore, but I know how easy it is to get into. I don't want anyone to feel like I once did, and I truly believe that the community being created by 'the massive mental walk' will show people they're not alone and it's OK to talk
Take their lives each week
Take their lives each week
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 49.
1 in 15
People will make a suicide attempt at some point in their lives
"I am coping so much better with life and have made healthier changes in my life. I am feeling more confident and at peace in my self. Thank you so much"
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