Raising Awareness and Vital Funds for Young Adult Mental Health

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown is here to tell you all about the BRIT 2021 Challenge and how you can improve your mental health and fitness, all whilst raising vital funds to support young adult mental health.

Some of you may remember last year seeing students rowing in the foyer of the EWD Building, when they took part in the BRIT 2020 Challenge. Well, the BRIT Challenge is back, and we want you to get involved!

Due to the current lockdown and the transition to an entirely virtual environment, BRIT 2021 will be conducted online, using the Moves+ app, so it really couldn’t be easier to join.

What is BRIT 2021?

The BRIT 2021 Challenge is an inclusive feel-good fundraiser aimed at improving mental health and fitness, all whilst raising vital funds to support young adult mental health. The challenge is designed to be completed by individuals working as a team to cover the 2,021-mile distance before 24 May 2021. 

A note from me

Aimed at improving mental health and fitness, whilst raising funds to support young adult mental health, this challenge is one I am extremely proud to support.

The rise in prevalence of mental health diagnoses, particularly amongst young people and at universities, is something we need to speak up about and start breaking down the stigma that is usually associated with it.

I think nearly every one of us will have some kind of encounter with poor mental health, either through supporting a friend or family member, or experiencing it ourselves. Therefore, we know just how valuable events like these are for raising awareness and opening up these important conversations. 

Not only will you be helping raise funds for a charity that supports other young people’s mental wellbeing, but you will be benefiting your own mental wellbeing too. 

How do I get involved?

To get involved, you just need to join a public group and join the challenge there! Have a look at my step-by-step guide for how to do this below:

  1. Download the Moves+ app and create an account
  2. Connect to your tracker
  3. Join a public group, such as Hall Life, Volunteering, or any of the College Schools
  4. Go into the group’s challenges tab and select BRIT 2021 Challenge (either walking or running)
  5. Get moving!!

Read the Moves download guide

How do I set up a team?

If you are a student group wanting to take on the BRIT 2021 challenge together, you simply need to fill out this form and create a team on Moves+.

Royal Holloway will then be able to offer you and your group the support and guidance for completing the activity whilst raising money along the way. 

If you have any questions about completing this form or creating a Moves+ team, please email kieran.nixon@rhul.ac.uk and he will be happy to help you out.

Let’s work together to complete BRIT 2021 and show that our community at Royal Holloway is united in speaking up about mental health. See you (virtually) at the finish line!