York residents are encouraged to grab their walking boots and throw on yellow for the first Wellbeing Wallk held by Mind Garden York.
The event will be held on Friday 9th October to co-inside with World Mental Health Day on Saturday.
After the recent government guidelines, the number of participants for the first event is limited to six people with hope that more people can get involved in the future.
Others are encouraged to take some time out of their day to also dive into the outdoors as well as being encouraged to wear yellow in partnership with the #HelloYellow campaign in support of Young minds campaign around supporting young peoples mental health.
The community interest organisation offers support and workshops to the local community around mental health lead by Mariela Kalinova Yosifova O’Brien.
Mariela and her co-director set up Mind Garden York back at the beginning of March just as lock-down commenced.
Her main aim was to bring mental health support within in York, especially areas of York which are less privileged.
Mariela said: “I’m passionate about spreading that message regardless of peoples level of income and ability to pay for sessions which is why I’m hoping to access funding or grants which is why the meetings in the future would cost very little or have no cost at all.”
Mind Garden York is primarily aimed at children and young people, with Mariela said:”the reason I’ve aimed at the younger generation especially within this climate they need help to add a more positive perspective and to give a more hopeful message as opposed to the doom and gloom or anxiety ridden people.”
Mentalhealth.org said that 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
When asked about the reasons of holding a wellbeing walk Mariela said: “Me and my co-director are passionate about the outdoors and are keen gardeners, so we were eager to deliver these workshops outdoors, it just gives people the opportunity to get some space in your day or week and just be with nature.
” We are currently looking for a community garden space so people can go and sit just to take deep breathes and garden.”
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