RED January 2019 FAQs

What is RED January? 

RED January is a community initiative that encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every single day. Whether it is running 5K, or walking to work a new way, a morning swim or taking your bike out for a spin – join the thousands of people around the UK kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.

How can physical activity help support your mental health?

RED January is founded on research that physical activity can have a positive impact on your mental health. 87% of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2018 according to the post-RED survey. More information about the importance of physical activity to mental health can be found on Mind’s website.

What if exercising every day seems too daunting? 

Whether you’re planning on swimming lengths every morning, walking 10 mins a day, attending your favourite fitness class or running 100 miles in the month, every achievement is celebrated no matter how big or small. The emphasis is on a flexible exercise schedule that celebrates every achievement, no matter how large or small. Exercising is usually a beneficial thing to do for your mental health, and can be helpful as part of a long-term recovery or treatment plan. You can scale things up or ease them back, just keep listening to your body. RED experts will be on hand to offer handy tips and advice.

Are there any risks associated with exercising every day?

In most circumstances, exercising is beneficial for your mental and physical health and can be helpful as part of a long-term recovery or treatment plan. But there are some situations where you might need to take extra care in case it starts to become a problem for you. It’s important to be aware that you could be at risk of over-exercising. RED January encourages setting realistic goals, tailored to YOU. We are all unique and our approach to exercise should be also. The general advice is that exercise should be around 30 minutes per day, no more than 45 minutes. We also encourage REDers to mix up their routine with yoga and stretching, doing low impact sports where possible and rest when needed. Find more information about exercising safely on Mind’s website.

Where does RED January happen?

At a location that suits you. Whether you are exercising solo, with friends, family or colleagues, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily dose of exercise. You can also feel supported in the knowledge that there will be REDers around the country that will be out and about getting active at the same time as you.

How do I register?

This year we are working as GM Mind RED January, so please complete the online registration, ideally before 30 November.

When is the deadline to register?

To ensure you receive your RED January t-shirt and shoelaces please register as soon as possible as these items are limited to 100 per local Mind. We will then send you a welcome email, and give you the option of purchasing a RED January technical running t-shirt for £10. Materials are supplied on a first-come-first-served basis and please sign up by 30 November, although registrations will be accepted until around 10 December (if any places still be available).

I am under 16 – can I still take part in RED January?

Yes – taking part in healthy physical activity when young is a great way to form good habits for the future. These habits will help you stay well and support your physical and mental wellbeing. If you are under 16, please check with your parent or guardian to get their permission to take part.

What will you do with any personal information I give you?

We will look after any personal information you share with us. This is central to our values as an organisation. We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident about how any personal information they share will be looked after or used. Please read your local Mind Privacy Policy for full details on how we process, store and use personal data.

How do I connect with other RED January participants?

The RED January Facebook community brings people together from around the country. There’s space for you to share your personal progress and feel supported by endless amounts of encouragement.

Plus you can connect via social media:




I’d like to fundraise whilst doing RED January, how do I do that?

That’s great! Once you have registered online then create your online donation page for ONE of your local Mind associations:

Manchester Mind:

Rochdale Mind:

Stockport Mind:

TOG Mind:     

Salford Mind:  

Once your page is set up, add a photo and the story of why you are taking part in RED January as this has been shown to help boost your fundraising. Share your page with all your family, friends and on your social networks to make sure everyone can see and support your incredible RED journey.

There is no individual fundraising target for RED January – we encourage you to raise whatever you feel comfortable with. Every pound REDers raise is hugely important in continuing your local Minds’ vital work. The RED January team will be sharing regular updates via email once you have registered, which will include useful tips for your fundraising. You can also access lots of useful materials and ideas on the downloads section of the website.

How do I get a RED t-shirt?

We are excited to share RED’s exclusive RED January 2019 technical t-shirts (including some very special touches).

On registering, we will ask whether you would like to buy a t-shirt (£10) and ask for your size and postal address. There are only 100 t-shirts per local Mind, supplied on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a financial cost to the local Mind, so to make it possible for us to offer items to everyone, you will need to donate £10 via your local Mind Red January Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving page.

Fundraisers will receive a free RED January t-shirt as a special thanks for their efforts in supporting their local Mind, though we would still welcome a donation of £5 – £10 to help us cover our costs. If you would like to do this, please do so via your local Minds’ online giving platform (links above).

If you don’t fancy a t-shirt you can still look forward to receiving RED January shoe-laces in the post! The first 50 participants per local Mind will receive free RED laces to raise awareness and every participant will receive a calendar so you can track your progress along the month.

And a fundraising medal?

We will be delighted to send all fundraisers a medal in recognition of your achievements. We will email you about this in February 2019 and aim to send out medals by 31 March 2019.

How do I contact someone from the RED team?

Share your thoughts, ask a question or simply say hello:

After the challenge in January, is that it for RED?

We know that those of us who experience low moods, difficult life circumstances and more severe mental health conditions are not restricted to feeling the symptoms for one month of the year. As a REDer, January is just the beginning. RED January has had life-changing effects on the lives of many people who continue their newly found (or rekindled) relationship with physical activity well into the future. The RED community and Mind are here all year round. Feel free to remain part of the community, share stories and offer and receive support after your RED January experience and know that the RED community will be with you every step, splash and pedal of the way.

Thanks again for supporting RED January and your local Mind in Greater Manchester. We’re looking forward to seeing where your RED January journey takes you.

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