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Raising Awareness of Mental Health

By Hati Whiteley
29, Sep, 2017

An accessible memorial Night Walk to raise awareness for mental illness and depression in young people.

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There's something special about walking at night; when even the most familiar of paths becomes another world, a dream world where you can only see as far as the beam of your head torch will let you.

To celebrate the birthday of their outdoor-loving son, Cameron, who took his own life aged 21 following a 7 year battle with depression, Cameron's parents are inviting walkers aged 8 - 80 to walk with them on the night of Friday 6th October in memory of their son.

Cameron's parents explained their motivation for organising the Night Walk, which is now in its third year:

"Our son Cameron loved the outdoors, and he particularly enjoyed the night walks he did with Scouts…We do this to remember Cameron, to raise awareness of young suicide, and to encourage all who are suffering in silence to speak up and ask for help."

The walk, organised by the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, loops through the countryside local to Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull, along footpaths, across fields, through light woodland and down quiet country lanes. At 7.5km long, the route is plotted to be accessible for walkers of any ability so that as many people as possible can get involved.

The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust was set up by Cameron's parents to support young people suffering with mental health by getting them outdoors, doing exercise, and encouraging them to speak out. Events like the Night Walk rely wholly on donations and all of the proceeds go to the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust.

If you're interested in taking part in the walk or donating to the Trust, visit the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust website.

The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that enable people to overcome the obstacles preventing them from Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things.

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