Tomorrow the Vista Clinic, one of thirty National Hospital Network psychiatric hospitals in the NHN Group will host the “Crazy for Walking” campaign at Freedom Park. This initiative raises the awareness of mental illness. The campaign will see a group of walkers walking a distance of 1500km from Pretoria to Cape Town in a period of 5 weeks. They will arrive in Cape Town on 10 October, which is World Mental Health Day. Significant to this campaign is the de-stigmatization around the word “crazy”, which is so often used through ignorance and fear of the illness.
The campaign will focus on depression, anxiety and mood disorders and as the walkers pass through the many towns along the route, there will be educational sessions with free talks at public venues, to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness.
Venue: Freedom Park
Date: 1 September 2017