Walking together in the name of social justice

Benefits System

This report examines the impact of the government’s austerity programme on local government, with evidence from national data and local case studies. The most deprived areas have...

Food Poverty

“They [the benefits tribunal] made me feel like a criminal, but I’ve done nothing wrong.” (Maria) “My son felt humiliated in public by the lack of respect shown him by the...


The statistics are stark. St Mungo's Happiness Matters peer research this year dug deep into the mental health experiences of homeless men and women, and found that a staggering...

The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and, when the Welfare Reform and Work Bill becomes law, it will be even more unequal. Of 30 OECD countries, the UK is the fourth most unequal, and the difference in disposable income between the richest and the poorest in the UK is wider than any other country in the European Union.


Initially, Paul was asked to recite one of the poems, Please Hear What I'm Not Saying, by Charles C Finn, at a Derbyshire carers event. This went down so well that he has spent time recording the video with the NHS, which will be used in future staff training.


You can now look at all the pictures we have hoovered up documenting the walk this year - have a look at http://walkthetalk2015.org/content/leicester-london-gallery

If you have pictures from the walk which aren't included, please feel free to email them through to us!


This song came from our Women's Playback Theatre Company (Tarte Noire) in Devon. Playback Theatre is dedicated to exploring and affirming the everyday stories and experiences that affect peoples' lives. We sent our singing as a gesture of solidarity and appreciation for your efforts in standing up, walking out and speaking up for social justice. We weren't able to be walking with you - but instead lent our voices in support.

Annie Mitchell


We've added a few videos to our testimonies section - walkthetalk2015.org/testimonies - from some of the people we met in Leicester. We've lots more which will be added over the coming days. In today's videos we have Kenny talking to us outside the Dawn Centre about his experiences of benefits sanctions and the impact of current social policy.


Before setting off to walk from Leicester to London some of the participants gathered outside the BPS offices gave their views to Emma Friedmann on the reasons why WalkTheTalk2015 was important and what motivated them to throw on a backpack and walk 100 miles in the name of social justice. Many thanks to Emma for kindly filming and providing this video footage to us! You can also see more video of the people we met on the walk and their stories on our testimonies page.


For everyone who walked a metre, a mile or much much more, for all those who just came to wish us well, bring us cake, sing us opera or commiserate with our blisters, and especially all those organisations and individuals who were kind enough to share their stories with us - many many thanks!


We are now here in Leicester and showing an outstanding video from the 'Beyond the Therapy Room' conference as part of our launch event, introduced by Ste Weatherhead. We'll be setting off from Leicester in the morning, passing by the BPS office around 9:30 if you want to meet up. Have a look at the walk page for more info!

Join us this Sunday for a public meeting prior to the #walkthetalk2015 event on Monday. It's free to attend and everyone is welcome! At the meeting we will show a video from ‘Clinical Psychology Beyond the Therapy Room’ followed by an opportunity for discussion.
The meeting, organised by the East Midlands Branch of the Division of Clinical Psychology, is running between 7pm and 8.30pm at the Phoenix Cinema (Burton Room) in Leicester (see http://www.phoenix.org.uk for location details).
Two enterprising supporters have decided to do #walkthetalk2015 from Norfolk to London, taking advantage of the Ickneild Way and other long distance paths. Their route will take them via Thetford, Newmarket, Saffron Walden, Bishops Stortford, and Ware / Hertford.
Their plan is to start in parallel with walkers in Leicester on the morning of Monday 17th and to arrive at the end of day 4 (Thursday 20th) at the main walk's end point near South Mimms. The duo will then walk the final day into London with us so that we all end the 5 days and 100 miles together.


Download our flyer

Want a quick summary of what #walkthetalk2015 is all about or want to tell others? Grab our leaflet that tell you about the causes, the walk, and places you can meet us along the way.


There is a momentum growing amongst psychologists who are pressing for social inequalities to be addressed. Here is a statement produced by clinical & health psychologists, calling on policy makers to address the impact social inequalities have on mental health...

The Walk

100 miles - BPS Leicester to BPS London
5 days - 17th to 21st August 2015

3 causes - The benefits system / homelessness / Food poverty

Join us to walk from Leicester to London to raise awareness of social policies that are leading to psychological distress.

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