Darlington man gets people walking and talking about mental health

MEMBERS of the community attended to support a walk to raise awareness of mental health issues.

It was the second time Darlington resident James Harker has hosted an event, following the difficulties he experienced during lockdown.

Mr Harker, who also created the Darlington mental health support group on Facebook, said: “It’s just to raise awareness of people in the city who are struggling.”

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“We did the first one in May of last year. I was going through some confusion in my personal life with my father who had cancer, Covid and separated from my partner.

“We started talking about it on Facebook and decided to go public to see if there was interest and there was.

“We’re not professionals, we’re not here to offer advice, but we’re here to provide a place where people can know they’re not alone. People have struggled for years and years, but only recently have people started talking about mental health. we are trying to do our part.

“It’s good to go out for some fresh air and a walk.”

They walked three miles from Blackwell, along the River Tees.

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