To promote better mental health in the hospitality sector and support the work of charities Hospitality Action and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a new industry-backed Walk for Calm initiative will take place on 24th October. Announced on the recent World Suicide Prevention Day, the initiative will see a series of socially distanced, 20km fundraising walks take place in locations across the United Kingdom, including in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Last year saw almost 6,000 suicides in the UK – three quarters of which were men. This was the highest figure for two decades and the impact of the pandemic and associated challenges in 2020 remains to be seen.
Founder Craig Prentice said: “It’s time to not only highlight the importance of looking after our own mental health, but also promote wellbeing at every opportunity. Walk for Calm is an opportunity to come together to do just that while supporting Hospitality Action and CALM and the terrific work they do. Please walk, support and donate if you can.”
“Mental health isn’t a destination but rather a journey,” added Mark Lewis, CEO of Hospitality Action. “These past few months have been trying for us all but especially those working in hospitality. By taking part in the Walk for Calm you’ll be keeping active and engaged, taking care of your own mental health as you take care of others.”
To sign up and take part, head to the website.