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Inverness torchlight walk shines a light on mental health issues

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A GROUP of walkers armed with torches took to the streets of the Highland capital in a symbolic gesture of support for those suffering mental health problems.

It was organised by Matt Wallace, who runs Clarity Walks, in conjunction with Loch Ness by Jacobite and suicide prevention charity Mikeysline.

Mr Wallace arranges short walks for a broad range of people during which all phones are turned off.

“The aim of the torchlight walk was to raise awareness of mental health issues,” he said.

“There were no telephones, no distractions. It was just walking and talking.”

The idea was to provide a light in the dark for those struggling with mental ill health.

More than 30 people took part in the walk which started and finished in Falcon Square and followed a route through the Ness Islands.

“A lot of people don’t have family or friends around,” he said.

Anyone wanting to book a walk should go to www.claritywalk.co.uk.

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