Beach walk offers men support ahead of awareness week

HEALTH bosses are encouraging men across East Sussex to join a beach walk to meet others and find out about local activities and support available to help with their mental health and wellbeing

East Sussex County Council-funded Parents in Mind, a volunteer led support service for new parents run by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), has organised the event ahead of International Men’s Health Week.

The 7.6 mile walk takes place on Sunday, June 9, setting off from The Kiosk in Helen Garden, King Edward’s Parade, Eastbourne at 9.30am.

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health for East Sussex, said: “Talking is such an important part of looking after your mental health, but we know that men are less likely to talk openly about their feelings and the pressures they feel.

“Being a new parent, or a parent of young children can be incredibly stressful and that, along with the other daily challenges we face, can jeopardise mental wellbeing.

“The Men’s Beach Walk is a great opportunity to meet others and find out what support there is locally and how you can get involved in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”

The walk will take participants to Sovereign Park, before returning to Helen Garden.  To register for the event, email

International Men’s Health Week, which runs from Monday, June 10 to Sunday, June 16, aims to raise awareness about the health challenges faced by men and promote strategies for better physical and mental wellbeing.