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 (

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 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.

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