BORDERERS are being invited to walk and talk later this month in a bid to tackle mental health.

The Walk a Mile event will take place in Galashiels on Saturday, September 29.

See Me community champion Bridget Dickson from Peebles is behind the event and wants to get the region talking about mental health.

Bridget said: "Talking more openly about mental health is the only way to stop the stigma that so many people still attach to it, and it is so much easier to talk while having a walk with like-minded people."

Walk a Mile is aimed at bringing people together to talk while they walk about mental health.

So far thousands have taken part in the organised events across Scotland, bringing together health professionals, carers, people with lived experience of mental health problems, students, and just anyone who cares about tackling mental health discrimination.

See Me director Calum Irving said: “Mental health affects all of us, but there is still a stigma around it.

"To tackle this properly people need to understand that it is okay not to be okay.

“One of the best ways to change how people think and behave is to make mental health a topic in day to day conversation, rather than a taboo subject people don’t want to talk about.”

As well as the See Me walk, the Freda Douglas Depressed Cake Café will be open at the MacArts Centre from 11am, giving participants the chance to chat about mental health over tea and cake.

Freda's daughter Evie took her own life almost four years ago after suffering from depression and other mental health problems.

The funds raised from the Cafe will be donated to Inspiring Life: Evie Douglas Memorial Fund.

The Trust was set up following 21 year old Evie's suicide, to fundraise money to support the improvement of mental health and wellbeing.

The See Me Walk a Mile will begin at 12.30pm, starting and ending at MacArts Centre, Galashiels.

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