RUN Free are launching a new initiative to help more people combat their mental health issues.

Starting on Monday March 7, weekly walks will be taking place to encourage people to get out in the fresh air.

And Run Free’s Sarah Franklin revealed the idea came around after the group walked with BT Sport presenter Jeff Brazier in the build up to Southend United’s match with Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Sarah said: “To increase the network of people we support and reach out to in raising mental health awareness and inspired by Jeff Brazier’s ‘Walk and Talk’ session we attended on Saturday, we are launching an additional group called Walk Free.

“It will run for an initial six week period as a trial to gauge interest.

“From Monday March 7, between 7am and 8am, and every Monday for six weeks, we plan to lead a group of walkers of any level for a gentle walk of approximately three to help kickstart motivation for the week.

“We hope by making it 7am, it will allow some people to take part before starting work.”

Those wanted to take part should meet at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club with parking available on Barrowsand and Burgess Road.

No pre-booking or fee is required.

Sarah added: “Just bring yourself and if you want to, your family, your friends, your dog, a cup of tea or coffee, whatever you want.

“Our aim is to create a support group where we’re meeting new people and where you feel you can talk and share experiences.

“Alternatively you can just join for the exercise and motivation.

“We look forward to seeing whether this is something that people will find useful and, if so, then we’ll look to extend beyond the initial six weeks.”

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