7 May 2015
Take part in the Walking out of Darkness walk to help end the stigma surrounding mental health and support suicide prevention.
On Saturday 16 May, CLASP Charity (Counselling, Advice, Suicide, Prevention) is hosting their Walking out of Darkness event during Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is 11 to 17 May. The event starts at 10am in Bernie Spain Gardens, next to the OXO Tower.
The 10 mile walk will take in some of London’s most iconic sites along the Thames Riverside Path including Tower Bridge, the Shard, City Hall, the Millennium Bridge and the House of Commons.
The finish is the bandstand in Battersea Park, where there will be time to relax, enjoy a picnic and live music plus plenty of interactive activities for adults and children.
There will be a number of influential speakers and celebrities attending including Adam Spreadbury, the mental health champion for the Bank of England and Tom Brake MP Deputy leader of the House of Commons.
Our very own John Pollock and the INEXECS will be performing live featuring many of their most popular songs so do come and along and give them your support!
One in four people suffer from some form of mental health illness in the UK and over 6,000 people a year commit suicide. That's one person every 90 minutes. The number of suicides has increased over the last 5 years, but by taking part in events like these we can all work together to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
We're proud to support this event along with a number of our CSR partners such as Rethink Mental Illness and MIND. We signed the Time to Change pledge for England and Wales in 2013 to help raise awareness and end mental health discrimination.
John Pollock, CEO, LGAS said: “Many of you came along to support Octrock last year which raised more than £25,000 for CLASP. The money you gave has directly helped to fund the new helpline Call 111, which will give immediate and practical help and advice to those who need it most. I took part in the first walk held last year which involved about 450 people and it was a really good day, this year we are hoping for several thousand and it promises to be a truly great day!”
“Come along with friends and family, and register today at www.claspcharity.com."