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RED January is a community initiative that encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every day.

Whether it’s running 5k, or walking to work a new way, a morning swim or taking the bike for a spin – click the ‘register your interest’ button above to join the thousands of people around the UK that are going to be kick-starting their 2020 in the most positive way.

RED January can provide you with a goal and focus to help you through a characteristically tough month.

Typically we can be cash poor in January; RED January is free and all-inclusive.

RED January can empower, educate and support you to start the year as you mean to go on, forming healthy habits to continue throughout January and beyond.

At a location that suits you. Whether you’re exercising solo, with friends, family, colleagues, or even your pet dog, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily activity

You can also feel supported in the knowledge that you will be part of a growing community of REDers around the country that will be out and about getting active at the same time as you.

RED January is founded on research that physical activity can have a positive impact on your mental health.

87% of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2018 according to the post-RED survey.

More information about the importance of physical activity to mental health can be found on Mind’s website.

Whether you’re planning on swimming lengths every morning, walking 10 mins a day, attending your favourite fitness class or running 100 miles in the month, every achievement is celebrated no matter how big or small.

You can scale things up or ease them back, just keep listening to your body. RED experts will be on hand to offer handy tips and advice.

In most circumstances, exercising is beneficial for your mental and physical health and can be helpful as part of a long-term recovery or treatment plan. But there are some situations where you might need to take extra care in case it starts to become a problem for you.

It’s important to be aware that you could be at risk of over-exercising. RED January encourages setting realistic goals, tailored to YOU. We are all unique and our approach to exercise should be also. The general advice is that exercise should be around 30 minutes per day, no more than 45 minutes.

We also encourage REDers to mix up their routine with yoga and stretching, doing low impact sports where possible and rest when needed.

Find more information about exercising safely on Mind’s website.

Registration

You can now register your interest for RED January 2020 by clicking on the button above.

Yes – taking part in healthy physical activity when young is a great way to form good habits for the future. These habits will help you stay well and support your physical and mental wellbeing.

If you are under 16, please check with your parent or guardian to get their permission to take part.

We will look after any personal information you share with us. This is central to our values as an organisation. We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident about how any personal information they share will be looked after or used. 

Please read our privacy policy for full details on how we process, store and use personal data and our Supporter Promise for how we work to value and respect your support.

Fundraising

You can send in your fundraising in three ways:

  1. By post – send your cheques to: Mind RED January team, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ. Please include your name and full postal address plus that you have taken part in RED January 2019
  2. Over the phone  – call our Supporter Relations team on 0300 999 3887 to make a credit or debit card payment
  3. Online – donate on the Mind website. Please include ‘RED January’ in your reference

Mind and RED January have a range of materials to help you make of the most of your fundraising.

Check out what Mind has available here and what RED January has available here.

We’d be delighted to send you a medal in recognition of your fundraising achievements and how much you have raised to support Mind’s vital services.

These medals will be automatically sent to RED fundraisers from April 2019 onwards. This is to give everyone enough time to collect and send in their fundraising and make sure everyone who should get a medal does receive one. Medals will be sent to the address you originally registered your RED January participation under.  

If you have not received your medal by the end of May 2019 and you did fundraise as part of RED January, please let the RED January Team know by emailing redregistrations@mind.org.uk or call us on 0300 999 3887

If you are joint fundraising with another person or team, please make sure all the fundraisers are listed on your JustGiving page.

If you haven’t already let us know who you’re fundraising with, please email redregistrations@mind.org.uk with the subject line ‘team fundraising’ and we will review these emails when medals start to be sent you to ensure you receive the right amount.

All RED January registrations must be completed at the main registration page (redtogether.co.uk) to ensure your details are recorded on our database.

When you set up your Virgin Money Giving page, this will be matched to your entry on our database so that you will receive a fundraising medal.

If you’re not interested in receiving a fundraising medal but would like to make a donation to RED January’s charity partner Mind, there’s a quick and easy way to do this. Simply click on the link and press DONATE – justgiving.com/campaign/REDJanuary2019.

You can also share this link with family and friends who want to do their bit to celebrate your incredible fitness efforts!

Community

Join the RED community by clicking on the social icons above and see the difference it can make to you and others.

Why not include #REDJanuary in your social posts so we can see where your RED January journey takes you.

We would love to find out more about why REDers are taking part! Please contact hannah@redtogether.co.uk to share more about your story. There are some tips on the best ways to do this on the Mind website.

We may receive more offers of stories than we are able to respond to or publish; we will aim to get back to as many of you as we can.

If you want to share your story and photos with the RED community, please do post them straight onto the RED community social media channels.

Share your thoughts, ask a question or simply say hello at redregistrations.mind.org.uk – the emails are checked throughout the day Monday to Friday and we aim to respond to all emails within 48 hours. You can also give us a call on 0300 999 3887, 9-5 Monday to Friday.

We know that those of you who experience low moods, difficult life circumstances and more severe mental health conditions are not restricted to feeling the symptoms for one month of the year.

As a REDer, January is just the beginning. RED January has had life-changing effects on the lives of many people who continue their newfound (or rekindled) relationship with physical activity well into the future.

The RED community and Mind are here all year round. Feel free to remain part of the community, share stories and offer and receive support after your RED January experience and know that the RED community will be with you every step, splash and pedal of the way. There are also Mind events throughout the year for you to continue using physical exercise to help manage your mental wellbeing. You can take a look here!

RED January is proud to be continuing its exclusive charity partnership with Mind. Many taking part in RED January choose to fundraise for Mind, supporting the vital work that they do for mental health.  

In 2017, £140K was raised via RED January for Mind. In 2018, REDers raised an unprecedented £1,007,136 for the charity.

As the UK’s leading mental health charity, Mind do incredible work in this field. They give advice and support, to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Many in the RED community have benefited directly from their information and resources.

Infoline

The Mind Infoline is open from 9.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 0300 123 3393. You can also text the Infoline on 86463 or email info@mind.org.uk

Information about other Mind helplines including the Legal Line and Blue Light Infoline are available on Mind’s website.

Information

There is a wealth of information about a huge range of issues on the Mind website – all the information is available free of charge and has been certified as trustworthy and reliable by the Information Standard.

Elefriends

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to other – find out more on Mind’s website.

Local Minds

There are local Mind services across England and Wales, providing support via direct services like talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Search for your nearest local Mind here.

Crisis support

If you need immediate help, please contact your Accident & Emergency department or call NHS Direct (111).

You can also contact the Samaritans who are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org

More information about support that may be available for you is on the Mind website.