31 Miles in May: Move It for Mental Health

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme of movement, take on our 31 Miles in May challenge! Run, Walk, Cycle, Skip – your choice!

Get your body moving and help your mind…

The Department of Health recommends that adults should aim to be active daily, and complete around 2.5 hours of moderate intensity activity a week (about half an hour five times a week). Whether you already do this and more, or you need a little nudge to get there – challenge yourself and raise money for Mental Health UK.

Move It for Mental Health is simple:

What is your activity- running, walking, cycling, something else?

What is the target-  5k run every other day, 50 squats every day, 100 deadlifts every day, a marathon over a month, Lands End to John O’Groats over a month, you get the idea!

Register and fundraise for Mental Health UK and have a direct impact on people that need our help.

Raise £100 or more and receive a Mental Health UK Medal

By raising £100, you could help Mental Health UK recruit 15 volunteers to help moderate Clic, our online support community, so members can feel welcomed, listened to, and supported throughout their session.

Hannah and her sister Natasha ran 50k in a month...
When I was 29, I was diagnosed with depression and PTSD. I felt like I had no control over my life, that I was a weak person and I didn't want to live anymore. For the best part of a year I received therapy and regained control of my life. The support I received through therapy and my mental health team was second to none, and helped me to understand that I wasn't weak- and that saved me. Taking part in this challenge was my way of giving back and raising awareness. We sometimes forget that it is okay to not be okay and the professionals that help us are amazing.
When I told my sister I was going to run 50k in a month and fundraise, she said "count me in". She was right by my side to remind me not to give up! We kept going, we enjoyed it, and we achieved it! I am so happy the money raised can go towards providing support and help to people in need.

– Hannah, Mental Health UK fundraiser

Josh decided to run 100 miles in a month, he smashed that distance, ran 130 miles and raised £1,300 to support people that need us the most.

– Josh, Mental Health UK fundraiser

You too can help us to help more people affected by mental health problems.

The positive impact the group has had on me is huge. I don’t feel so isolated any more. If the support had not been available I would still be facing depression and loneliness, unable to look after myself and over-thinking things.

Amita, Rethink Mental Illness support group member

Raise money and have fun!

Read what some of our fundraisers have to say.

"I enjoyed seeing my fundraising increase on a weekly basis, the events that I organised pushed me out of my comfort zone, I talked to people about Mental Health in a way that I would never have done otherwise."

Louise Greenwood,
Lloyds Banking Group

"I was totally elated when I crossed the line and so glad I’d given it a go!"

Helen Taylor

"Mental Health UK was a friendly partner to have. I received lots of motivational encouragement via email which maybe doesn’t sound like much but knowing people are rooting for you really helps"

Richard Gray

Ready to get signed up?

Register for an event and you'll receive support every step of the way.

Register now

Contact us

If you have questions about any of our events or fundraising please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly events team are happy to help!

What will my money go towards?

The money you raise makes a real impact on people’s lives. here are some of the things we spend event fundraising on.

Support groups

Our support groups can be a lifeline for those experiencing mental health problems.


Providing practical advice to help people better understand and manage their mental health.


Creating easy-to-understand educational resources about mental health.