RED January 2020 FAQs

What is RED January?

This January, challenge yourself to get active every day, your way.

Whether you run, swim, cycle or choose your favourite fitness activity, set your goal and enjoy support from the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way.

Kick-start your 2020 in the most positive way and raise funds for Mind so together we can be active for better mental health.

How can physical activity help support your mental health?

You could pick something you love to do and challenge yourself to do it more often or for longer, or choose something new. The choice is yours!

For inspiration, during RED January 2019, the RED community enjoyed one of the following activities; running, walking, gym sessions, yoga, pilates, cycling or swimming. We also had REDers who danced, played team sports or did a different activity every day.

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 2019 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 minutes a day, attending your favourite fitness class or running 100 miles in the month, set a goal that works for you and listen to your body. Everyone is different. We’ll be here to support you every step, splash and pedal of the way!

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?

You will need to register with your chosen local Mind via the links available here:

Manchester Mind
Rochdale and District Mind
Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind
Mind in Salford
Stockport and District Mind

When is the deadline to register for RED January 2020?

We recommend registering early to give you plenty of time to plan your activity and think about whether you want to fundraise as part of your January challenge.

The sooner you register, the sooner you can benefit from access to RED materials like t-shirts and sports snoods (which are provided on a first-come-first-served basis) and get support from RED’s online community.

Registrations will remain open until the end of January.

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

Absolutely! 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 get a RED t-shirt or sports snood?

When you register for RED January 2020, there will be an option to purchase this years exclusive RED January 2020 t-shirt (a range of sizes in male and female fits are available), and / or a sports snood. All t-shirts and sports snoods are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

As the t-shirts and sports snood do come at a significant cost to Mind, there is a charge of £10 for t-shirts and £5 for sports snood to help cover these costs and ensure funds raised from those taking part in RED January are used to support better mental health.

I did not purchase a RED t-shirt or RED sports snood when I registered and now I would like to buy one. Can I still buy one?

Absolutely! Each REDer has the opportunity to buy one t-shirt and one sports snood. If you didn’t purchase one when you registered, feel free to re-visit the relevant registration page for your local Mind, and log in with the information you used to register.

As t-shirts and sports snoods are available on a first-come-first-served basis, we would recommend buying one as soon as possible if you would like one.

If you have set up a JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page for RED January without registering, you will need to complete the full registration in order to purchase your RED January 2020 t-shirt and / or sports snood.

What sizes are the t-shirts available in?

T-shirts are available in male sizes from S through to XXL; female sizes from S to XL. A size chart is available when you purchase a t-shirt via the registration page.

I received a welcome pack last year, will I receive one this year?

We know you loved the excited feeling of receiving your bright red parcels and goodies although we also want to make sure we are reducing our use of paper and plastic. Our focus is also on ensuring as much money raised by the RED community goes direct towards continuing our vital work.

We have sourced materials that reduce our environmental impact and unless you have ordered a RED t-shirt or sport snood, all other materials will be available digitally.

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 then create your online donation page for ONE of your local Mind associations:

Manchester Mind:

TOG Mind:

Salford Mind:

Stockport and District Mind:

Rochdale and District 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 my fundraising medal?

Fundraising medals will be sent to RED fundraisers from March 2020 onwards. This is to give everyone enough time to collect and send in their fundraising. Fundraising medals will be sent to the address you originally used to register for RED January 2020.

How do I contact someone from the RED team?

Share your thoughts, ask a question or simply say hello via email here.

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.

For more information email us here.