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East Anglia MEP puts best foot forward on Warrior Walk


East Anglia MEP Alex Mayer put on her walking shoes and joined mental health activists for The Warrior Walk on Sunday 23 June, leaving from All Saints Road car park in Pakefield.

The mile long walk is the brainchild of award winning Southwold campaigner Sarah Barrett, who invited the MEP to take part.

Ms Barrett suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after surviving childhood sexual abuse, and sadly turned to self-harm. But now the teenager aims to reduce stigmatisation and discrimination around mental health and highlight the effect that a mental health issue can have on friends and family.

It is impossible to know exactly how many people are self-harming in the United Kingdom, but the estimated numbers - one in 10 young people aged between 11 and 16 - is very troubling.

Alex Mayer MEP said: "I'm pleased to be stepping out to support Sarah's walk today. One in four people have a mental health problem, so Sarah's campaign is very important. Together we can fight the stigma."

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