HARROWING statistics show that Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate of any part of the UK and Ireland.
This is why Aware – the depression charity for Northern Ireland – are calling for the biggest crowd yet to take part in this year’s local 5K sponsored ‘Mood Walk’, which will take place at the Omagh Community House next month.
The reasons for the walk are threefold: Not only will it mark ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’, which this year is being celebrated on September 8, but it will also act as a platform to lift the mood of those in attendance, while helping to raise important funds for the mental health charity.
Karen Collins, chief executive of Aware, has encouraged all walkers and runners of all ages an abilities to participate.
“When we exercise, the brain releases a hormone called ‘endorphins’ also known as ‘the happy hormone’ which is known to make you feel good,” Karen said.
“This positive effect on a person’s mental well-being helps reduce the risk of depression, stress and anxiety.
“Together we can step out to lift our moods, feel good and support each other towards better mental health for Northern Ireland.”
Aware works continuously to break down the stigma surrounding the term ‘mental health’ and offers free-to-attend support groups all around Northern Ireland for people to meet with other people experiencing depression.
The charity for people with depression, anxiety and bipolar, further provides ‘Living Life to the Full’ and ‘Mood Matters’ awareness training to people of all demographics, from schools to the elderly, ensuring local people get the help they need to combat negative thinking and start their road to recovery.
• Aware’s ‘Mood Walk’ in Omagh will take place on September 8, at the Omagh Community House, Market Street, beginning at 1.30pm. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and a medal.
• To register and for more information, please visit the following link: www.aware-ni.org/mood-walks/
• Every penny raised for Aware stays in Northern Ireland.