5 December 2023

Mental health walking group goes from strength to strength

by Rebecca Hannant

Since starting in mid-2022, the Hornsea Mental Health Mates group has gone from strength to strength supporting individuals with their mental health and loneliness.

The group is progressing with new people coming along every month. People are making more social media shares and email inquiries. The group has also gained a set of regulars who attend every walk.

Rachel Fisher, organiser of Hornsea Mental Health Mates, said: “The group itself is still small but those that come along speak freely about how they feel within their mental health relating to others can help people feel less alone.

“People don’t have to have mental health problems to come along – they may know someone that suffers with their mental health. Being surrounded by people that understand and walking with them has so many benefits encouraging others to reach out more openly.”

The group meets regularly and posts its next walks via its Facebook page Mental Health Mates. The group is open to anyone and offers a chance to meet people and make friends. Anyone can join by just turning up on the day and time of the walk. Anyone who wants to join but may be anxious can email [email protected] in the first instance or contact the Facebook or Instagram page.

The next walk will take place on January 14, at 11am, meeting outside the Hornsea Hub.

The club will also be collaborating with Heritage Hornsea Archive to introduce a series of guided heritage walks around Hornsea. The first heritage walk will take place on Saturday, February 11, at 10am outside the old railway station.

For any inquiries, email either Mental Health Mates or Heritage Hornsea Archive at heritage. [email protected].