The benefits of walking on mental health are well known; as part of Mental Health Awareness Week we wanted to highlight two walks with a difference that are personal to two of our MA Sustainable Design students Matt Sanderson and Rachel Wilson.
Mat organises walks for the charity MenWalkTalk – a local charity that aims to both break down stigma and encourage men to talk while walking. These have been running across Sussex and Matt is now working hard to spread the word in Hastings about walks in the beautiful three mile long Alexander Park. “The walks in Hastings have been well attended by a range of men with varying needs” Matt says “feedback has been very positive and we look forward to meeting more men on the walk. We’re very lucky to have such a lovely park to walk in. Together we will continue to raise awareness and reduce stigma around men’s mental health and the barriers we face”
Rachel’s walks are ‘Soundwalks’. She is currently working with Student Support and Guidance Tutor, Justine to organise walks specifically for students on our Architecture and Design courses. Here, Rachel explains how these walks and her related research which she will soon be presenting at a CAPPE conference ‘Sonic Rebellions: Sound and Social Justice” which is part of the Brighton Fringe Festival benefit well being.