Find your ‘we’ with Mental Health Mates launching in Bedford

Bryony Gordon
Bryony Gordon

A mental health support group has been launched in Bedford to help people struggling alone.

Mental Health Mates walks started in Bedford on Saturday, March 4, led by volunteer Lesley Quinn, and the group will meet outside the Pavilion in the Park on the first Saturday of the month at 11am and everyone is welcome.

Thanks to the team at the Pavilion, all first-timers will be treated to a complimentary drink. Mental Health Mates is a national initiative that was started by Daily Telegraph journalist, Bryony Gordon, to provide the ‘we’ to those struggling alone with mental health issues.

Taking place in more than 20 towns and cities, Mental Health Mates is a regular, peer-led meet up, where members can walk and talk without fear of judgement.

Bryony was photographed for the campaign launch by Ben Salmons, from Bedford, who is part of the #breakthestigma campaign.

Ben took Bryony’s photograph at the Daily Telegraph offices as part of his #breakthestigma photography project. She was pictured holding the ‘break the stigma’ board to advertise Mental Health Mates Bedford.

Bryony said: “I’m so proud that Mental Health Mates is starting up in Bedford.”

There will be a blue balloon near the Pavilion to let you know you’re in the right place.

The support group welcomes anyone interested to just turn up.

More info on the support group can be found on Mental Health Mates Facebook group and you can follow Bryony on twitter @bryonygordon.

Follow Ben Salmons @LetsBreakStigma and Just Turn Up @youjustturnup