The DPJ Foundation, with help from Wales prop and farmer Wyn Jones, recently launched a new challenge to combine physical activity and rural mental health.
The Wales Coastal Path Challenge is open to individuals and teams (up to four) to run or walk the length of the Wales Coast Path - a total of 870 miles - within three months. The challenge will run from 26th April until 18th July, which would have been the eve of the 2021 Royal Welsh Show.
The DPJ Foundation is the leading mental health charity working with the agricultural community in Wales. Established in July 2016 following the suicide of Daniel Picton Jones, the DPJ Foundation raises awareness of mental health in rural communities and provides support when it is needed most.
“Share the Load” the DPJ Foundation’s confidential 24-hour telephone (0800 587 4262) and text (07860 048 799) line provides callers with access to Samaritans trained volunteers who will listen without judgement and who can help. Through Share the Load, callers can also get access to qualified counsellors, free of charge, within a week of their call to the service.
Continuing from the hugely successful #RUN1000 challenge earlier this year which saw 567 people in Wales help raise a total of more than £45,000 for UK rural mental health charities, this challenge will help people meet the 5 Ways to Wellbeing set out by the NHS:
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)