Mental Health Mates walks return to Bedford

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

In March 2017, a mental health support group launched in Bedford, joining over 20 other towns and cities throughout the UK providing peer support in a casual and informal environment.

Mental Health Mates (MHM), set up by Daily Telegraph journalist and best-selling author, Bryony Gordon, has gone from strength to strength since it first started in London and the Bedford events are re-launching this March.

Run by Cory Walker, the first Bedford walk is planned for Sunday 15 March, meeting at 10am at the Kiosk at Russell Park.

The event is open to everyone – regardless of whether they have a diagnosis – and the aim of MHM is to provide the ‘we’ to those struggling alone with mental health issues. Members are able to walk and talk without fear of judgement.

“The great thing about these walks is that you don’t have to have mental health issues to attend,” said Cory.

“You also 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 group, or email Cory at

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