IMG_6582 On the 6th May, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group played a pivotal role as the lead charity in Birmingham’s first “Walking out of Darkness” 10 mile walk raising over £2,000 from sponsorship and donations.

Birmingham Walking out of Darkness 2017 was hosted by Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention (CLASP) who were established in 2014 by Kenny Johnston. CLASP’s core aim and mission is to confront the stigma surrounding mental and stress related illnesses, daily emotional trauma and suicide.

Supported by West Midlands Combined Authority, the Walking out of Darkness event aimed to unite individuals, businesses and the local community and encouraged them to reduce the stigma of mental ill health by “walking and talking” along the Birmingham canals.

The event was finished off with a family fun day at Canon Hill Park where there was a showcase of mental health and wellbeing services.

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Wellbeing Services Co-ordinator, Dave Pickard was pleased with the money raised from the Birmingham event as it will allow The Kaleidoscope Plus Group to offer support to people affected by suicide.

He said: “To have raised over £2,000 whilst increasing awareness of mental illness and the detrimental effects it can have is amazing as this is what we wanted to achieve before the walk.

“The funds we have accumulated will allow us to continue delivering our “Safe Spaces” support groups.

“The groups will support people affected by suicide across the Black Country with the aim being to give people the opportunity to talk about suicide in an informal and safe environment.”

Chief Executive at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Monica Shafaq was grateful to all who attended and made Walking out of Darkness 2017 a momentous occasion.

She said: “I would like to thank all the organisations, volunteers and individual walkers who made the walk special and I hope that we can make Walking out of Darkness Birmingham an annual event.”