WE ARE EXCITED & HUMBLED TO HAVE TEAMED UP WITH ANDYS MAN CLUB .....
HOPING THAT WE CAN HELP BEAT MENTAL HEALTH & SUICIDE IN YOUNG MEN
Imagine a virus we don't fully understand is killing young men in record numbers. It kills three times as many British men as women, although nothing adequately explains why. The government confirms that while almost all other leading causes of death are being slowly eroded by medical and social progress, deaths caused by this virus are at their highest for decades. Yet the money we spend on researching and treating the problem stands at a fraction of what we spend on those other leading causes of death, as do charitable donations from the public.
The deaths this virus has caused have risen to the point that if you are a man between 20 and 49, you're more likely to die from it than cancer, road accidents or heart disease. It is the biggest threat we face, the number one killer. The figures are chilling, and yet still it is something we hardly discuss, in public or private — which is a significant part of the problem itself.
Last February, the Office for National Statistics published a report covering the years from 2001 to 2013, showing that suicide among men has reached its highest levels since the early Eighties, rising sharply in 2007 and hitting a peak in 2013. (In the same period, suicide among women declined, then remained constant.) Always a leading cause of death among the young — for the simple reason that death by natural cause is statistically less likely — suicide rates in men aged between 45 and 59 have also now begun to rise, increasing to their highest levels since 1981.
Andys Man Club was created by Luke Ambler when a close friend called Andy committed suicide back in 2016 . Along with Andys mother Elaine they both wanted to create a group where young men could come and feel its okay to talk . The groups have become a national success with over 14 groups now set up throughout the UK .
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We asked Declan Storey who volunteers for the club in Leeds to give me an insight into what happens at the meetings ...
"Yes, in brief we had a guy turn up to the group for his first time last night who had been a really dark place for weeks. He Decided he needed help to open up about his problems, had enough of feeling a burden and bottling up his feelings. He came early to meet me and Andy as he thought attending the full group would be too much. He ended up staying for most of the session and was so relieved he had made the step to come through the door. The guys in the group reassured him that sometimes our minds become unwell, and it’s not weak to visit the doctor and reach out for help."
Declan & Andy both volunteers at the club visited TRIB3 in Leeds and were blown away ....
Physical activity has a positive impact on your own mental wellbeing & we are now working with the club to get the guys down for regular sessions at TRIB3
We will be holding drop in sessions with the guys at our LEEDS club soon ... MEANWHILE ANDYS MAN CLUB is looking for premises in Sheffield to start up reguar meetings in the City ... CAN YOU HELP ?
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