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Healthy Body, Healthy Minds

Healthy Body, Healthy Minds raises awareness of the importance of keeping both your mental and physical health in good shape.

Healthy Body, Healthy Minds

Throughout 2017 and 2018, we teamed up with the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke and the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service to deliver the, “Healthy Body, Healthy Minds” campaign. Healthy Body, Healthy Minds raises awareness of the importance of keeping both your mental and physical health in good shape.

The initiative enabled all three organisations to work together to promote mental and physical well-being amongst Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service staff and the wider community. Core to many of the fundraising events, which took place throughout the year-long campaign, was raising awareness of the importance of keeping both your mental and physical health in good shape.

Healthy Body, Healthy Minds was spearheaded by NIFRS Charity Champion Firefighter Noel McKee, from Whitla Fire Station, who has since retired from NIFRS. A whopping £13,228 was raised for MindWise and the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke.

What we did together

  • MindWise delivered more than 20 talks to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service stations across the country. We talked to staff and raised vital awareness of mental health, and how you can keep your mind healthy.

  • We took part in the Station 2 Station cycle across all 68 fire stations in Northern Ireland. As part of Station 2 Station, we visited 27 schools across Northern Ireland raising awareness of mental health.

  • Noel ran a marathon in Amsterdam and swam a marathon distance, completing 1704 lengths of the pool over 8 days.

  • Noel completed ‘Walking Out of the Darkness’ – a marathon length walk each day for six consecutive days, taking in each county in NI –which began in Co. Fermanagh on Sunday 18 March and finished in Co. Down on Friday 23 March.

  • It was an amazing partnership which raised the profile of the often-overlooked links between our minds and our bodies.

Our work doesn’t end here! Read our information on looking after your physical health, and how you can help yourself.