Psychologists walk 100 miles

Wednesday, 12th July, 2015
The Y Support Project will be the first stop on #WalktheTalk2015 to raise awareness of the effect of poverty on mental health. The 100 mile walk runs from 17th to 21st August starting at The British Psychological Society offices in Leicester.

There is a momentum growing amongst Psychologists, pressing for social inequalities within the current climate to be addressed with policy makers.

As a way of highlighting the impact these inequalities have on a person’s mental health, a group are planning on walking from the Leicester British Psychology Society (BPS) office arriving 5 days and 100 miles later at the London office.

The group led by Dr Stephen Weatherhead which includes BPS President, Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes will be visiting food banks and homeless shelters on the journey to hear the stories of people whose psychological wellbeing has been affected by social and economic issues emphasising the impact the issues have on society.

#WalktheTalk2015 was devised in response to an increasing awareness and concern about people who are accessing mental health services and suffering high levels of distress due to poverty. Stephen commented, ‘Psychology is a profession built on talking, but not necessarily about speaking out and taking action on some of the social issues that can have a big impact on a person’s wellbeing. We are seeing clear examples of people experiencing emotional distress, primarily as a consequence of poverty and material deprivation’

#WalktheTalk2015’s aim is to highlight three significant areas of impact:-the benefits system, homelessness and food poverty.

Their route will take them from Leicester through Northampton, Milton Keynes, Dunstable and then North London, ending at the BPS’s London office. Meeting points and times are provisional, all updates will be posted on the website or via Twitter. During the walk from 17 to 21 August, as the group progress, they will be gathering narratives from people who use food banks and homeless services including The Y Support Project on Conduit Street. Video recordings of those stories will be uploaded to the #WalktheTalk2015 website (www.walkthetalk2015.org).

Jamie Hacker Hughes said ‘by walking these 100 miles, we are demonstrating that psychology, as a profession, really does care about these issues and wants to listen so that we might be as effective as possible in informing changes in policy and practice.’
If you would like to share your story, please send a blog about your experiences. Please contact via the website http://walkthetalk2015.org/ or via Twitter @walkthetalk2015.

If you want to join all or part of the walk, a full route and more information can be found on the website.


2016-10-21  Y Money matters Needs your VOTE!
2016-04-07  Hammonds furniture partnership to help young people
2015-12-14  Charitable trust brings seasonal sparkle to The Y
2015-07-12  Psychologists walk 100 miles
2015-04-15  An opportunity to dye for…
2014-12-09  £2.95 million new funding for homeless young adults
2014-01-06  Asda donates £300 to The Y
2013-12-19  Universal-textiles.com donate thermal clothing
2013-12-04  No Second Night Out Launched
2013-09-17  Care, Crime, Chaos: Conference addresses the impact of childhood trauma on young people with challenging behaviour
2013-08-27  An Exhibition of Graphic Works by Samworth Studios
2013-07-09  Care, Crime, Chaos: Conference Speakers Announced
2013-06-14  Leicester firms open doors to care leavers
2013-04-08  Shop front facelift will restore Victorian character
2012-09-03  Big Lottery project launched to improve the lives of care leavers and young offenders
2012-09-01  Nina Pancheva - September's 'Art in the Bar'
2012-08-02  nu:form - An exhibition of graphic works by Calibre
2012-03-01  Young Disabled Living: Open Event 10th March
2011-11-16  New Accommodation Launch!
2011-08-09  Exciting New Season Launched At The Y
2011-06-27  See the transformed interior of iconic YMCA building on 9th July
2011-06-13  CHEERLEADERS AND STUNTMEN COURSE ABOUT TO START
2011-05-19  Leicester YMCA awarded 1 Million Lottery Grant
2011-04-07  Emergency! Performers Wanted!
2011-03-17  Emergency! Showcase Highlights Emerging Artists And New Work At The Y
2011-02-07  Comedy Festival Off To A Great Start!
2011-02-04  Leicester Comedy Festival - It's Here At Last!
2011-01-08  The Y gears up for Leicester Comedy Festival
2011-01-07  A Fantastic Free Workshop at The Y
2010-12-13  Emergency! Performers wanted
2010-11-02  Bare Drama raises awareness of gang culture for Leicester youngsters
2010-10-03  Judging a Book by its Back Cover
2010-06-11  New designer boutique to support city homeless - opens 17th June!
2009-11-24  Leicester YMCA launches supported housing for the future
2009-11-09   YMCA Message Relay reaches Leicester
2009-10-21  Award Honour Puts Training Scheme Amongst Best in the Region
2009-07-16  The Lyric Lounge: 25th- 31st July 2009
2009-05-18  Residents create Chelsea Show Garden
2009-05-01  Customer Service Graduates celebrated
2009-02-03  Theatre to Boost Youth Job Opportunities
2009-01-10  Charlotte gig raises money for Leicester YMCA
2008-12-10  History on display at Records Office
2008-11-11  Gang prevention theatre tours Leicester schools
2008-11-07  YMCA Learners top e2e Awards
2008-09-01  Professional Actors Needed
2008-07-25  1,000 mile cycle for youth opportunities
2008-07-02  Education key to preventing youth homelessness
2008-07-01  Eradicating Negative Language
2008-06-10  Conference Tackles Youth Homelessness
2008-06-01  Green-fingered lawyers help out
2008-04-30  Young people design American diner at Aylestone
2008-04-01  YMCA Awarded Places of Change Funding
2008-02-20  YMCA celebrates 125th Birthday
2008-01-31  The Indian Connection
2007-09-01  Hinckley Education Showcase & Awards
2007-06-13  Youth talk to Archbishop about Criminal Justice