Walk a mile

Hundreds of people are set to take over Glasgow Green in an event to tackle mental health discrimination.

See Me, the national programme to end mental health stigma and Chris McCullough Young want to bring people to Glasgow Green to take part in their “biggest ever” Walk a Mile event.

The aim of the event, on April 20th, is to bring together hundreds of health professionals, carers, people with lived experience, students, anyone who cares about tackling mental health discrimination, to break down barriers as they walk a mile in each other’s shoes.

Last year around 400 people took part in the first walk, down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, getting a chance to see each other as they really were, not the labels they may have been given.

The walks have been led by and created with Chris McCullough Young, based on his efforts to tackle mental health discrimination around the UK.

After being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder the former social worker walked round the edge of Scotland with no money, taking only a backpack and a tent, to change the way people think about mental health.

Relying entirely on the hospitality of the people he met along the way, Chris made it all the way around Scotland and has now got as far as Wales.

While on the walk he spoke to hundreds of people about mental health, and succeeded in changing people’s attitudes and perceptions ‘one conversation at a time’.

Walk a Mile will begin at 6pm at the People’s Palace in Glasgow Green. Find out more at https://letswalkamile.org/.