Walk a few miles with Corby campaigner to highlight mental health issues

Chris McCullough Young  leads the story- telling walk around Corby boating lake last year

Chris McCullough Young leads the story- telling walk around Corby boating lake last year

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Corby campaigner Chris McCullough Young and Spike the Poet are inviting people to join them on a walk around some of the town’s ancient woodlands at the weekend in an event aimed at highlighting mental health issues.

Chris is walking around Britain’s coastline, relying on the kindness of strangers for shelter, to raise awareness of and encourage openness about people with mental illness.

He has take a break from his journey to help campaign to save Safe Haven, a Corby crisis centre threatened with closure because of funding cuts.

On Saturday (March 15) people can join him and Spike at 11am at the cafe at the boating lake in Cottingham Road for the first of two walks on the day.

The first will be around Hazel Wood when Chris will tell tales from his epic journey around the east coast of Scotland.

After a break for lunch, from 1pm until 2pm, there will be a second walk around Thoroughsale Wood with more stories of his trek along Scotland’s west coast.

He said: “There will be plenty of interaction with the people who join us, as well as banter and stories along the way.

“We held the event last year and it was a great success.

“One in four people experience mental health problems and every year 5,200 people commit suicide in this country.

“I’m trying to raise awareness of the issues as there is still a stigma attached to mental illness.”