The Grey Dog Walk is a support group with the the aim of meeting face-to-face, enjoying a tea or coffee and, weather permitting, going for a gentle walk as we talk. We know walking is great exercise for the body and mind, and walking with like-minded people means we are free of judgement.
Anyone who attends is welcome to bring family, friends or even their dog for support. However, some people will come alone , so it's important to make everyone feel included. Some will be in a 'good place' with their mental health and others may be struggling, but the group is open to everyone affected by a mental health condition – their own, or that of someone close to them.
A Grey Dog Walk is not a therapy session and we are not qualified therapists or medical professionals; we're an informal support group offering a friendly ear.
As the walks are not run by medical professionals or therapists, we can’t give advice about medication or treatment. We suggest any issues relating to specific treatments or medications are taken up with your own GP, psychiatrist or therapist, who is qualified to help.
We normally start with a cup of tea or coffee and a brief chat then run through the few simple ground rules For example:
•Talk as much or as little as you like – about mental health topics, or something completely different. Sometimes we’ll discuss the latest films or what we had for breakfast.
•If you don’t feel like talking at all, that’s okay too.
•Remember this isn’t therapy; it’s simply a chance to meet like-minded people.
•What’s discussed in the group is confidential.
•If you need to leave early for any reason, you’re free to do so, but please tell someone you’re going.
We then head off on our walk around the park Walks are suitable for all abilities, and tend to be circular routes that last about 45 minutes, possibly with a short break in the middle. You don’t need special footwear or equipment – these are accessible walks, usually parks. After the walk, you’re welcome to stay for another cuppa.
Our first Monthly walk will take place in Abington Park in Northampton on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 11 am.
If you would like to help organise a Grey Dog Walk where you are please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org