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TOG Mind backing national RED campaign this January
Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 10:47 by Tom Greggan
Ashton Glossop News Oldham Tameside

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind are encouraging people to get involved in RED January.

Fundraising and Marketing Senior Manager, Jason Bromley, said: “It is a national campaign, but we are asking local people to sign up and trying to put across the message that physical exercise can positively impact your mental health.

“We are encouraging people to take part in five minutes of exercise a day and it could be anything from a walk, something chair-based or a swim. Traditionally January can be one of the worst times of the year for people’s mental health and that is why RED January is so important.”

RED is free to take part in and is a no pressure movement fuelled by community spirit. The campaign hopes to empower, educate and support helping people to continue healthy habits beyond the New Year.

According to the RED January survey for 2018, 87 per cent of people who took part felt significantly better physically and mentally after completing the month.

Jason continued: “I worked in the NHS for 15 years and one of the big things I found was the importance of realistic goals.

“If you are feeling de-motivated or struggling with your mental health, set the challenge to do two minutes on one day and then see how you feel because nine times out of ten you will feel a little bit better.

“Five minutes is a realistic goal for most people and it gives the brain that release of endorphins and feel-good chemicals. A lot of the time it is the achievement not the goal that is important. If you set your mind to do five minutes and you do that five minutes that sense of achievement is wonderful and so important.

“We don’t always latch on to that concept but it isn’t necessarily about massive goals but about the follow through on whatever it is you set out to do.”

Staff at TOG Mind have signed up to take part in RED January too and are encouraging people to join them in making activity a habit for 2019.

Anyone is welcome to sign up and support is available on social media. Individuals are also welcome to fundraise for Mind as part of the campaign, but that is not necessary in order to take part. But be quick – the last day for registration is today – Thursday.

For more information visit www.togmind.org/red-january-2019.