Fundraising for Mental Health Awareness Week

Did you know it’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week? Mental health issues can affect any of us, yet many suffer in silence. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is a charity that does some tremendous work offering mental health care and support to communities across Scotland. I myself was affected by maternal mental health issues after the birth of my first baby – I have previously written about it in more detail in a guest post on the Selfish Mother website – so this is a cause close to my heart. That’s why I am organising a sponsored walk on Saturday 19th May to raise money for SAMH!

SAHM flyers

As it also happens to be the Scottish Festival of Museums this weekend, I decided to plan the route of the 10k sponsored walk to take us past most of Edinburgh’s museums and galleries. The idea of a ‘Museum Marathon’ originated in London a couple of years ago, and takes its name from the 26 miles in a marathon and visiting the same number of museums in a day. I don’t know if Edinburgh even has that many, but we will try to visit as many as we can!


I would greatly appreciate any and all support of my fundraising efforts. You can donate safely and securely via JustGiving, who will forward your donation directly to the charity. And if you happen to be in Edinburgh on Saturday 19th May, there are also still some spaces available to join us on the walk – it’s free to register, plus any donations you can raise (there is no minimum required), and there’s a goodie bag full of museum souvenirs for each participant at the end!

11 Comments on Fundraising for Mental Health Awareness Week

  1. Charley
    15 May 2018 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    I think it’s a wonderful thing your doing raising money for this charity, I wish you the best of luck with your walk x

  2. Jenny
    15 May 2018 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    Mental health is sometimes overlooked by people but it is so important to take care of yourself (easier said than done sometimes). A great charity to support.

  3. Ondo Lady
    15 May 2018 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s so good to see Mental Health getting the awareness and understanding that it deserves.

  4. Sarah - About Getting Out
    15 May 2018 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great theme for a sponsored walk! I’d definitely find the distances between museums and galleries a welcome distraction to focus on – best of luck with it :)

  5. Alex
    15 May 2018 at 10:40 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s so important to raise awareness of mental health issues. I suffer with anxiety and had other issues after the birth of my daughter – it took me a long time to ask for help.

  6. Wendy
    16 May 2018 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    What an amazing thing to do and for such an important cause too. Mental health services need so much support and this is a great way to help raise some money. I hope the walk goes well xx

  7. Stephanie
    16 May 2018 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Ah good luck with it, what a lovely idea. Its such an important cause

  8. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl
    16 May 2018 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this! Mental health awareness week is so important and it’s amazing that you’re fundraising for it & going round the museum’s it’s a great way to do it.

  9. Veronika
    17 May 2018 at 3:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Such an important topic. Thank you for drawing more attention to mental health. ❤️

  10. Kathleen
    17 May 2018 at 9:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Your doing such an amazing job at raising awareness for this charity.
    I wish you the best of luck with your walk x


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