We’re proud to be kicking off 2019 with a fantastic fundraising initiative for a great cause.
Some of the polkadotfrog team are taking part in RED January for local mental health charity, Suffolk Mind – an extension of national Mental Health Charity MIND, which involves doing something active every day of the month.
Mental health-related issues are receiving more attention in the media lately, with many high-profile people speaking out about their experiences, and removing the taboo that still lingers around the topic.
Since we’re wellbeing advocates, we’ve chosen to start our year by making a positive contribution to Mind, which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Introducing RED January
Mind partners with RED January, a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by being more active. It’s the perfect time of year to focus on your mental and physical health, and it can be used as an excellent excuse to try new activities, whether it’s salsa, the gym, aqua Zumba or goat yoga!
On a more serious note, the first month of the year is notoriously difficult; many of us can feel low after the fun of the festive season, and to compound that, the reality of our Christmas spending usually comes to light. Luckily, you can burn off the winter blues with RED January, which provides an opportunity to set yourself a goal and give you something to focus on throughout the month.
Swimming, boxing, running, oh my!
Some of us have signed up to try out new activities: boxing classes and lunchtime running, but it can even be as simple as a quick morning swim or making the choice to take the stairs instead of the lift.
In January last year, supporters raised £1 million for Mind during RED January and we’re looking forward to helping them exceed this amount in 2019. Almost 90% of last year’s participants said they felt a lot better mentally and physically by the end of the month.
Supporters can do as much or as little as they like. Take each day as it comes and listen to your body, especially if you’re not used to exercising. Also, RED experts will be on hand to offer handy tips and advice.
Whether it’s running a few kilometres one day, going for a swim the next, and a lunchtime walk the following day, you’ll be joining around 30,000 other people who’ve signed up for the challenge. Along the way, we hope to learn about the impact of exercise on their mental health and share our knowledge with our colleagues, friends and family.
Why not join us in raising money and awareness for Suffolk Mind? Don’t worry, we won’t expect to see you in the boxing ring if it’s not your thing!