Mindful miles for mental health: A 7-day step challenge during Awareness Week 

Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19) is all about starting conversations and taking action to improve mental wellbeing. This year the theme is movement, so why not take a step towards a healthier mind and body – literally!

Get ready to walk your way to a happier, healthier you during Mental Health Awareness Week! South East London Mind is inviting you to join their #20MindfulMiles Challenge, a 7-day step challenge designed to boost your mood, body, and community spirit – all while supporting a vital cause.

Here’s why you should join the #20MindfulMiles Challenge:

  • Move at your own pace: This challenge is designed for everyone, from seasoned walkers to those just starting out. Whether you run, jog, or take a leisurely stroll, every step counts towards the 20 mile goal (that’s just over 6,000 steps a day!).
  • Move your body, move your mind: Did you know walking is a fantastic mood booster? It can reduce stress, anxiety, and even improve your sleep. Plus, those daily walks can be a great way to clear your head and boost your self-esteem.

There’s more to this challenge than just walking

Support a vital cause: Our mental health services in Lambeth and Southwark are facing a surge in demand, with two of our counselling services in the boroughs forced to close their waiting lists as a result. All proceeds from the #20MindfulMiles Challenge go directly to support these two vital local services, helping to reduce waiting times and get people the help they need.

Connect with a community: Join our Strava Club to connect with fellow walkers, share tips and experiences, and motivate each other along the way.

Move your way. We’ve made a handy list of activities across South East London to get you moving this week. Check out these activities in your borough.

Ready to walk for a cause?

Sign up for the #20MindfulMiles Challenge today and make a real difference in your community.

Celebrate your achievement!

Once you’ve conquered those 20 miles, we want to see your victory! Take a selfie (optional, but fun!) and share it on social media. Here’s how:

  1. Snap a pic: Take a selfie or a photo celebrating your accomplishment.
  2. Show off your steps: Include a screenshot of your walking app that shows you’ve reached 20 miles!
  3. Tag and Hashtag: Tag us at @selmindcharity and use the hashtag #20MindfulMiles

We understand that physical activity isn’t easy for everyone. Check out these tips on getting physically active from our friends over at National Mind.

How do I donate?

Check out our #20MindfulMiles page here or share our Facebook Fundraiser with your friends.

Together, let’s move our bodies, move our minds, and fight for better mental health!