On September 24, Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind will be joining forces with organisations across England and Wales to take part in Mindful Monday walking groups as part of the European Week of Sport in partnership with ukactive.

As well as promoting the benefits of physical activity for mental health, people will be invited to participate in a variety of mindful activities on the day, which will take place at Greenwich.

Mind's Greenwich mental health services will be supporting people experiencing mental health problems, such as depression and bipolar disorder, to build their confidence to engage in physical activity, go to the gym, or take up a new sport. There is good evidence to suggest that, as well as improving physical health, regular exercise can boost your mood, help beat stress and even reduce risk of depression.

“We all have physical health just as we have mental health and the two are closely related to one another,” said Sally Jones, deputy head of services at Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind.

“We know that physical activity can play a vital role in the lives of people with mental health problems. Research even suggests that regular activity can reduce the risk of depression by up to 30 per cent.

“We’re really excited to be involved in Mindful Monday and to encourage more people with mental health problems to get engaged with physical activity."

In Greenwich, there will be a Mindful Monday Walk from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, meeting at Café on the Meadow, Crown Woods Lane, Oxleas Wood.

The Greenwich walk will be led by a walk leader from the healthy walks programme at Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

Anyone interested in taking part in Mindful Monday in Greenwich should book their place by contacting Sally or Yu-Hsuan on 020 8853 2395 or greenwich@blgmind.org.uk.

People who want to show their support for Mindful Monday online can use the #BeActive hashtag.