Mental Health Mates walking group returns to Bedford


After a break during the pandemic, a mental health walking group is restarting in Bedford at the end of April.

Mental Health Mates (MHM) was set up in 2016 in London by journalist and best-selling author, Bryony Gordon. It has gone from strength to strength, and MHM walks now take place in hundreds of towns and cities across the world.

Journalist, author and award-winning mental health campaigner, Bryony Gordon set up Mental Health Mates and sent this message of support to the Bedford group back in 2017

The monthly walks in Bedford are beginning on 30 April, meeting at 10am at the Pavilionn at the Park at Bedford Park.

Run by walk leaders, Cory and Janine, the walks are open to everyone, regardless of whether people have a diagnosis and the aim is to provide the ‘we’ to those struggling alone with mental health issues. Members are able to walk and talk without fear of judgment.

There are also monthly Zoom meetings for anyone who cannot take part in the walks. The first Zoom session will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 4 May.

“It is fantastic news that we will be re-launching our group after a long few yeaJrs of absence,” said Cory.

“A good thing is that you are not pressured into talking about anything you don’t want to.

“Anything discussed is fully confidential within the group and you can go at your own pace.”

Walkers are able to talk as much or as little as they like – about mental health topics, or something completely different. This isn’t therapy; it’s simply a chance to meet like-minded people.

If you would like to find out more information, head to the Mental Health Mates Bedford Facebook page, or email Cory & Janine through

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