A charity is calling on Harrow people to join the thousands of people around the UK kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.

RED January, a month long community initiative, encourages people to get active every day, to beat the blues away.

The free community initiative encourages people to get active every day to support their mental health.

You can walk, run, swim, cycle or practise yoga - whatever you fancy! The aim is to get moving daily while raising awareness and support for mental health.

Signing up gives people a focus during a characteristically tough month and supports ‘REDers’ through its online community.

RED is founded on research that shows physical activity can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing and even reduce symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety.

In the post RED January 2018 survey, 87 per cent of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after getting active every day.

There are no rules for RED January and you don’t have to raise funds - but local mental health charity, Mind in Harrow would be delighted if REDers do.

All money raised, be it through a mufti day at work, a cake-bake or friends sponsoring you to get active every day, will help Mind in Harrow ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the help and respect they deserve. There is no minimum amount to raise – as every single pound will make a real difference.

For RED, January is just the beginning. There are many REDers who continue their newfound (or rekindled) relationship with exercise into the future. RED’s mission is to promote the positive power of physical activity for both body and mind all year round and the RED community is there every step, splash and pedal of the way.

To take part in RED January 2019, register for free here.

To find out more about your local Mind and how they support mental health in the community visit Mind in Harrow