Crazy, long walk to mental fitness

crazy for walking 3By GIFT NDOLWANE,
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – PARTICIPANTS are bracing up for the approximately 1 500-kilometre walk between Pretoria and Cape Town in a mammoth effort to highlight and de-stigmatize mental illness.Aptly called Crazy for Walking, the walk will see several partakers depart Pretoria on September 1 and arrive in Cape Town on October 10, which marks World Mental Health Day.
“Our aim is to educate people about mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety,” said Francois Louw, Chief Executive Officer of Vista Clinic,one of 30 psychiatric hospitals in the National Health Network (NHN) group of hospitals and the principal sponsor of the initiative.
“We’ll be making stops in various towns along the way to hold educational talks about mental illness. At these talks, we will assist people with guidelines on where to seek help, as well as give them some coping mechanisms, focusing around our Happiness Helps programme.”
The programme focuses on an acronym HELPS (Help Others, Exercise, Learn,Play, Spiritual Growth).
“We have found that this programme most certainly helps to reduce stress and anxiety,” said Dr Jerrie Bezuidenhout, Director of Medical Services at Vista Clinic.
“It’s very practical and can be practiced by anyone, at minimal cost.”Crazy for Walking participants will walk from Monday to Friday every week,walking around 12 hours per day in relay shifts.
Each partaker will walk between four and six hours per day.The walkers are sponsored by their companies and come from all around the country with most walking in the regions near to their workplaces.
“There is a bit of a crazy playful competition going on within the walking groups at present,” said Hannetjie Buitendag – Team Captain of the Crazy for Walking campaign.
“We’re getting training reports and photos on our social media feeds showing the training taking place as our crazy walkers get themselves into shape for the challenge.”
– CAJ News

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