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.

Why January?

RED January can provide you with a goal and focus to help you through a characteristically tough month.

Typically we can be cash poor in January; RED January is free and all-inclusive.

RED January can empower, educate and support you to start the year as you mean to go on, forming healthy habits to continue throughout January and beyond.

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.

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.

Where does RED January take part?

At a location that suits you. Whether you're exercising solo, with friends, family, colleagues, or even your pet dog, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily activity
You can also feel supported in the knowledge that you will be part of a growing community of REDers around the country that will be out and about getting active at the same time as you.


How do I register?

Register your place here

Registration for RED January is free ensuring the RED experience is as inclusive as possible.

When is the deadline to register for RED January 2019?

The deadline to register for RED January is 3 January 2019. We recommend that you register early to get the most out of your RED January experience, including access to RED materials like t-shirts and shoelaces which are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

How do I get a RED t-shirt?

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

When you register here, there will be an option to purchase a t-shirt – a range of sizes in male and female fits are available. All t-shirts are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

I did not click the option to buy a RED t-shirt when I registered and I now would like to buy one. Can I still buy a t-shirt?

Yes! We email you after signing up we'll ask again if you would like one. We will also send an email out to everyone registered when they have arrived too, in case you change your mind. You can buy it online and click the size you'd like or visit our Middlesbrough office to pick one up in person. We only have limited stock so we would recommend that you buy a t-shirt as soon as possible if you would like one.

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 our privacy policy for full details on how we process, store and use personal data and our Supporter Promise for how we work to value and respect your support.


I want to fundraise when I take part in RED January – what do I need to do next?

Fantastic! To date REDers have raised over £1.3m for Mind, making a real difference to people experiencing a mental health problem across England and Wales.

If you would like to fundraise for us, the easiest way is to set up a JustGiving page here.If you need any more help with getting your page set-up, feel free to drop us an email.

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 our vital work.

I want to collect my fundraising in cash and cheques, how do I send this money to you?

You can send in your fundraising in three ways:

By post – send your cheques to: Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Limited, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 2QX. Please include your name and full postal address plus that you have taken part in RED January 2019.

Online – donate on our website here, or via our JustGiving page.

Are there any materials you can send me to help me with my fundraising?

We have a range of RED January materials available to download in the emails we send you.

How do I get a fundraising medal?

We’d be delighted to send you a medal in recognition of your fundraising achievements and how much you have raised to support Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind’s vital services.

These medals will be automatically sent to RED fundraisers from 1 March 2019 onwards.

This is to give everyone enough time to collect and send in their fundraising and make sure everyone who should get a medal does receive one. Medals will be sent to the address you originally registered your RED January participation under.

If you have not received your medal by the end of March 2019 and you did fundraise as part of RED January, please let us know by ringing 01642 257020 or email us.

I’m fundraising with someone else/in a team – will we all receive a medal?

If you are joint fundraising with another person or team, please make sure all the fundraisers are listed on your JustGiving page.


How do I connect with other RED January participants?

You can join the RED online community via our Facebook group here.

The communities are a space for you to share your personal progress and feel supported by endless amounts of encouragement.

Why not include #REDJanuary in your social posts so we can see where your RED January journey takes you.

Can I share my story - who can I contact?

We would love to find out more about why REDers are taking part! Please contact us on 01642 257020 or via email.

We may receive more offers of stories than we are able to respond to or publish, but we aim to get back to as many of you as we can.

If you want to share your story and photos with the RED community, please do post them straight onto the RED community Facebook group or tag us by using @mborostcktnmind on social media channels.

How do I contact someone from the RED Support team?

Share your thoughts, ask a question or simply say hello contact us at 01642 257020 or call in to our Middlesbrough office, 90-92 Lothian Road, TS4 2QX.

After 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.

Can you tell me more about the partnership between RED January and Mind?

RED January is proud to be continuing its exclusive charity partnership with Mind. Many taking part in RED January choose to fundraise for Mind, supporting the vital work that they do for mental health.

I need support with my mental health / the mental health of a loved one – how can you help?

Visit our services and support page 

Or you can ring us for advice weekdays after 12pm on 01642 257020.

If you would like to speak to someone now, contact Samaritans FREE on 116 123.