Mental health activist urges public to join Warrior Walk to fight the stigma

Sarah Barrett. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Sarah Barrett. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Nick Butcher

It's so amazing that only a few months ago the idea of The Warrior Walk was just an idea.

I was in the car travelling to meet an amazing charity group called GeeWizz after they invested £1,000 in my campaign 'Fight The Stigma', to help give me the ability to get my campaign on its feet and start to fight – and fight my hardest – to rid people dealing with mental illnesses of stigma and help to create more understanding around the subject. I'm not only doing this for others like me who are or have suffered, I am also doing this for those who love and care for someone suffering, to help them feel less isolated – caring is an exhausting job and can often leave people feeling helpless to know how to help.

In less than a month, on July 23 at 1pm, The Warrior Walk will leave from All Saints Road car park in Pakefield. As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, we are doing this to raise funds for Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind and I've challenged myself to walk bearing the scars that have been caused by self-harm. Please come and join me and everyone else who is fighting the stigma, however you have been affected by mental illness.

I've received a great deal of support from Better Together – a Lowestoft group that support each other dealing with mental health and thanks to them, we will have a stall at the Lowestoft Festival throughout the weekend where we will have information, T-shirts, games and raffles.

You can sponsor me on the day or through my crowdfunding site at

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We are very keen to get together as many raffle and auction prizes as we can. If you have something you'd like to donate, please do contact me at

But most importantly, please come and walk with me. The walk is only a mile so it isn't physically demanding but every person who comes to The Warrior Walk will show their support for people dealing with mental health issues and those that care for them.

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