Men’s mental health charity going on UK tour for World Suicide Prevention Day
A men’s mental charity will be touring the UK for World Suicide Prevention Day.
Andy’s Man Club, founded and run in Halifax, will be visiting all of its UK club locations to promote World Suicide Prevention Day.
The club, which meets weekly in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and 19 other locations, will also be visiting other towns and cities en route on September 7 and 8.
More than 40 club volunteers, some of whom had once themselves been suicidal, will be setting off from the charity’s Halifax headquarters on Saturday 7 September.
They will be traveling the country with trustees, who themselves once sought help from the charity, and handing out goodie bags, 60,000 leaflets and thousands of wristbands.
Andy’s Man Club was established by former professional rugby league player Luke Ambler, who lost his 23-year-old brother-in-law Andy Roberts to suicide in 2016.
The charity, which uses the hashtag #itsokaytotalk aims to encourage men to talk about their mental health issues rather than bottle them up.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and three-quarters of all suicides in the UK are men.
Andy’s Man Club meets at Huddersfield Fire Station, Outcote Bank; and Union House, Union Street, Dewsbury, every Monday (7pm) except bank holidays.
For other locations and more information visit Andy’s Man Club here.
World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on Tuesday 10 September.
You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’re struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help.
Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, in confidence
Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won’t show up on your bill
Andy’s Man Club: email@example.com
PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141
Mind: A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems.
Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit
Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. There’s a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58
MindOut: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839