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Thinking about why we need #walkthetalk2015

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:43 -- Rob Parker
Food bank queue

I’ve been helping to organise #walkthetalk2015 for some time, and a recent conversation with some fellow walkers made me think about how the walk might be interpreted or portrayed. There is no doubt that food banks and homeless shelters provide vital support and almost always need more help to continue to provide these services to those in need… and if we highlight that then that’s absolutely worthwhile. However, there it is the wider concern of how people increasingly need to turn to such services, which is at the heart of my support for the walk.

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Origins of #walkthetalk2015

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:27 -- Ste Weatherhead

#walkthetalk2015 is an idea that has been brewing for some time; I was starting to become more and more aware of people saying that psychologists needed to stand up and speak out more, particularly at a political level. Many psychologists do speak out, but I think we often tread a fine line when trying to be clear about whom we are representing when we speak out.

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