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Starting point: Daniel, third from right, with family and friends outside Brighton pier.

Starting point: Daniel, third from right, with walking companions at Brighton pier.

Piers walk raises funds for mental health service

On the weekend of 7 and 8 May, East Sussex resident Daniel Coe walked a total of 37 miles on a three-pier walk taking in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings piers to raise money for Turning Point’s Health in Mind Sussex mental health service. Nick Terdre reports.

“The walk went really well, and it was great to be joined by friends, colleagues and my three children for the last few miles,” Daniel said.

“I am raising money for Turning Point because 2015 was a very difficult year for me: I experienced a big loss in the family combined with a new job, and struggled with anxiety and depression. I chose to seek help from Health in Mind, and now I want to give something back.

“I want people to know that it’s ok to not always be at your best. Being open and talking about your problems is the best way forward, despite the stigma attached with mental health issues.”

Under way: Daniel on left.

Well on the way: Daniel to the left.

Health in Mind Sussex is a mental health service run by Turning Point and the NHS in East Sussex. The service supports people experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. You can get a referral to Health in Mind  from your GP or make a self-referral by calling 0300 0030 130.

Daniel’s fundraising target was £1,000, but to date he has brought in more than £1,130. You can donate here.

Turning Point is a social enterprise providing support for people who have complex needs,” media and communications officer Tom Vine tells HOT. “We have over 50 years’ experience of working with those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health conditions, offending behaviours, unemployment issues, and people with a learning disability to discover new possibilities in their lives.”

 

Posted 12:13 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 In: Health Matters

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