THIS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT TO MY USUAL POSTS, IN THAT I AM ASKING YOU TO PLEASE REBLOG OR SHARE THIS ON YOUR OWN FACEBOOK/TWITTER/BLOG PAGES IN ORDER TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH BOOSTING/CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENT I AM PLANNING FOR SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR (2017) for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind. THE MORE WIDELY YOU CAN SHARE THIS THE BETTER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A UK MENTAL HEALTH BLOGGER. MANY THANKS X

Imani (summerSHINES ©)

I am appealing for people to take part in my ‘Boot The Blues’ charity fundraising hike along the beautiful and historic Hadrian’s Wall later on this year, in aid of Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.

Turn yourself blue to pink, in our depression and mental health stigma busting charity walk.

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The hike will take place from Friday 15th September till Sunday 17th September 2017, and is being organised by myself so that I can make a personal contribution back to a mental health charity which helped me immensely with my own mental health recovery last year from PTSD and BPD.

Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, and the support they gave me via counselling and the drop-in Safe Space group, enabled me to survive and handle an extended mental health crisis last year, fighting through recurrent suicidal and self-harming periods, and taking huge steps forward in my recovery.

Boot the blues is a 3 day positive depression-busting organised hike, designed to turn moods from blue and grimy to pink and shiny :)

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It will include 2 x 8 mile hikes, and one 12 mile hike on the third and final day. We will cover 28 miles over the course of 3 days from Lanercost to Greenhead (day 1), Greenhead to Vindolanda (day 2), and Vindolanda to Chester Roman Fort (day 3).

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Accommodation is in super cheap hostels both nights, so is not a massively expensive event; although you are responsible for arranging your own transport to the start point of the walk (which is the cumbria end of Hadrian’s Wall), and of course finding your own money for pub grub etc. If you live nearby you can always join us without booking accommodation or maybe just choose to join our group to walk one or two of the days. It is flexible and designed to be enjoyable and inclusive. All are welcome :)

If you’re feeling generous you can already donate on my JustGiving page which is all set up and ready to receive donations :) Any donation, however small is hugely appreciated and will go directly into maintaining and explanding the support services that Tyneside and Northumberland Mind currently offer, including the Safe Space drop-in support group I attended myself as a service user :)

Who do we want to boot the blues?? Well, the boot the blues hike is for anyone, of any age, who is passionate about destigmatising mental health; whether you are someone with mental health difficulties yourself or alternatively someone who works hard to support friends or relatives to be able to live with their mental health challenges.

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The hike is also of course for anyone who enjoys hiking, nature and beautiful scenery. It is also for anyone who appreciates the mental health endorphin boosting benefits of exercise, who appreciates history, nature, and who is happy to set up their own JustGiving page and share your personal story to encourage your friends, family or work colleagues to donate to Tyneside and Northumberland Mind :)

All the planning and hard work for this event is now done. I just need people to walk it!!

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This is the route…..

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For more details on the hike, please contact me direct. Email me at imanisummer@yahoo.com :)

I look forward to hearing from you :)

You can also donate here. This will take you direct to the Boot the Blues JustGiving Campaign Page…… C’mon- you know you want to ;)

A HUGE THANKS FROM ME TO YOU FOR READING, LIKING, SHARING AND ABOVE ALL, CARING x

Imani Summer  X

(Fundraising volunteer and ex Safe Space service user-Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, summerSHINES mental health blogger, and national Mind media volunteer.)

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