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About

From the people that brought you RED January, we’ve formed RED Together, a name that recognises the strength of the RED community and its ability to motivate each other to keep active well beyond January.

We’re here to help you find practical ways to start, rekindle or continue being active throughout the year so you can support your mental health. Join us by clicking on the social icons above and share the ways that you’re getting active – include #redtogether to inspire and support the RED community and your wider community.

This January, challenge yourself to get active every day, your way.

Whether you run, swim, cycle or choose your favourite fitness activity, set your goal and enjoy support from the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way.

You could pick something you already love to do and perhaps do it more often or for longer, or choose something new. The choice is yours!

We encourage you to start small and realistic by opting for accessible and easy to achieve activities.

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

Our University of Oxford research shows that more than 50% of RED participants experienced less stress and reduced sign of depressive symptoms compared to the weeks before January.

RED January can provide you with a goal and focus to help you through a characteristically tough month, by challenging yourself to get active every day, your way.

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.

No need to officially log your daily activity, although if it’s helpful to know, lots of REDers download the RED January calendar to help track their own activities. Feel free to download here.

You can also choose to share your daily activity with the RED online community by clicking the social icons above. If you decide to do this, include #REDJanuary 2021. We’d love to follow your RED journey!

Whether you’re planning on walking 10 minutes a day, enjoying an online fitness class or cycling 100 miles in the month, set a goal that works for you and listen to your body. Everyone if different. We’ll be here to support you every step of the way!

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.

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.

Our official charity partner for 2021 is Sport in Mind, the mental health charity that uses sport to empower and improve peoples lives.

Find out more about their incredible work here

We know how important wearing RED is to connecting us all. However, due to the current global situation, we are not able to produce RED merchandise or medals this year. This will not stop us from turning January from blue to red! Let’s unite by wearing any red clothing as we get active every day during January.

Community

You can join the RED online community by clicking on the social icons above.

Why not include #REDJanuary 2021 in your social posts. We’d love to see where your RED journey takes you!

We would love to find out more about why REDers are taking part! Please contact hello@redtogether.co.uk

We may receive more offers of stories than we are able to respond to or publish, but we 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, feel free to post them onto your social channels, tagging in @REDJanuaryUK and we will re-share.

Over 70% of the RED community are likely to continue what they’ve started if they’re given support and motivation to do so. To help, we’ve formed RED Together. The RED January challenge is here to help you start the year as you mean to go on and RED Together exists to provide year round support and inspiration.

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.

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.