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Mental health

A mental health community event in the city is celebrating its first anniversary this month.


Mental Health Mates Chichester, a free monthly walk around the city walls, has been running for a year and will have its birthday event on Sunday, February 23.


The events aim to give those suffering from mental health issues a friendly and welcoming space in which to walk and talk without fear of judgment.


Walk leader Lizzie Speller, a 24-year-old psychology student at the University of Chichester, said: “I’m really proud the events have been running for a full year.


“In an age of social media, there is an increased feeling of isolation in modern society. We aim to bring people together and give them a chance to speak freely.


“I suffer myself from anxiety and it really helps me personally, but you don’t have to have a mental health condition to join, and you don’t need to discuss mental health while on the walk if you don’t want to.


“It’s just a safe, friendly environment to get out of the house and have a chat.”


The event received praise in Parliament from MP Gillian Keegan after she attended with her husband last year.


Mental Health Mates Chichester will meet at the Market Cross at 11am on Sunday, February 23, with newcomers welcome.


More information can be found at their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page by searching ‘Mental Health Mates Chichester’.

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