A beach walk has been organised for men across the county ahead of International Men’s Health Week.

The East Sussex County Council-funded Parents In Mind initiative, run by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), has organised the walk for June 9.

Men are encouraged to take part so they can meet others and find out about activities and support available to help with their mental health and wellbeing.

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The 7.6 mile walk will start at 9.30am from The Kiosk in Helen Garden, King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne and go to Sovereign Park before heading back to the start point.

Darrell Gale, director of public health for East Sussex, said: “Talking is such an important part of looking after your mental health but we know that men are less likely to talk openly about their feelings and pressures.

“Being a new parent or a parent of young children can be incredibly stressful and that, along with the other daily challenges we face, can jeopardise mental wellbeing.

“The Men’s Beach Walk is a great opportunity to meet others and find out what support there is locally and how you can get involved in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”

Men can register for the event by emailing kevin.wishart@nct.org.uk

It is taking place the day before the start of International Men’s Health Week, June 10 to June 16. 

The aim of the week is to raise awareness about the health challenges faced by men and promote strategies for better physical and mental wellbeing.

More information can be found at https://www.mhfi.org/mhw/about-mhw.html.

The week also tries to encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in men who are considered less likely to talk openly about their problems.