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MYH Press Release April 2007

THE MENTAL health awareness charity Mind Your Head is encouraging people to put their best feet forward for this year's Spiggie Fun Run.
Hot on the heels of last year's successful event the committee has set the date for the run for 12th August.

There will be a 5km and 10km run and people can choose to do it whichever way they want - by walking, jogging, running, pushing prams or walking dogs. Afterwards there will be Sunday teas in the Boddam Hall. Watch press in the coming weeks for details on how to enter.

Mind Your Head was formed three years ago in memory of Gary Manson, from Dunrossness. Since then a committee of 12 people has been formed including mental health professionals, NHS employees and people with an interest in mental health issues.

The charity also relies on the support of a number of friends of Mind Your Head who are keen to help out at events and have a general interest in what the charity is trying to achieve.

The committee is currently working with NHS Shetland to develop a Mind Your Head support worker. This person would provide general mental health information and ensure people are linked up to the appropriate materials.
This service will be aimed at those with mild to moderate mental health issues who are struggling to cope with life problems.

In addition, the charity is also working with the Shetland Recreational Trust to help promote the benefits of fitness to physical and emotional well-being.

Thanking those who had made donations to Mind Your Head, chairwoman Shona Manson said: "Three years on we are delighted that Mind Your Head has come as far as it has. The charity seems to have struck a chord within the community which is evident by the many generous donations we have received.

"We don't want to reinvent the wheel, we want to enhance and raise awareness of mental health services in Shetland by working in partnership with other organisations."

Owner of the Barber Shop, in Commercial Road, Lerwick, Alan Reed recently donated a day's takings to the charity. His father committed suicide 10 years ago.

He said: "I am keen to help Mind Your Head in any way as I believe strongly in the work they are doing. As a local business owner I also feel it is important to put something back into the community." THE MENTAL health awareness charity Mind Your Head is encouraging people to put their best feet forward for this year's Spiggie Fun Run.

Hot on the heels of last year's successful event the committee has set the date for the run for 12th August.

There will be a 5km and 10km run and people can choose to do it whichever way they want - by walking, jogging, running, pushing prams or walking dogs. Afterwards there will be Sunday teas in the Boddam Hall. Watch press in the coming weeks for details on how to enter.

 

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