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Weʼre raising £2,000 to help Andy’s Man Club with their campaign #ITSOKAYTOTALK http://andysmanclub.co.uk

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This year I am fund raising for Andy’s Man Club. http://andysmanclub.co.uk

Andy's Man Club is a registered charity and aims to 'halve the number of suicides in men under 45’ and have created the #itsokaytotalk campaign with the goal to get men talking.

So far this year I have completed two sponsored events, the first with my brothers Rob, Rory & Lorcan in London at Tough Mudder on May 4th.

Then on May 18th I ran in Europes Toughest Mudder which was physically and mentally the hardest thing I have ever done… a 12hr obstacle race through the night.

Was the pain worth it? If it helps one person feeling depressed or suicidal help get the support they need then 100% yes!

There are currently 19 Andy’s Man Clubs in the UK with over 500 men every week attending the groups.

Suicide is still the single biggest killer of British men. The reasons are myriad, sometimes opaque and always individual, the campaign #itsokaytotalk is working to break the code of silence.

Male suicide has, quite rightly, received a great deal of attention in the media of late. Yet despite recently released figures showing male suicide rates in the UK have fallen to their lowest levels in more than 30 years – in 2017, there were 4,383 male suicides according to data from the Office For National Statistics – death by suicide remains the biggest killer in men between 15 and 45 in the UK. Overall, men, shockingly, still make up three-quarters of those who take their own life in this country.

We all have that quiet thing locked away, something unspoken, something that is hard to confront. These darker memories are at times made all the more intimidating because, with good reason, they aren’t often shared. But it’s time we all listened, learnt and talked to one another more, to take the threat out of the memories and dismantle the architecture around the stigma of suicide.

Traditionally, men find it harder to open up, to exercise their vulnerabilities, to get their emotions out in the open. Analysis suggests this is why men more than women feel the only solution is to end their lives. The silence around suicide must be confronted, not only by the government, which must provide more funding for mental health charities, but by each and every one of us, men and women, turning to our friends, a family member, our colleagues and asking, “Are you OK?”

Key facts (2017)

In 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Of these, 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK and 392 occurred in the Republic of Ireland.

In the UK, men are three times as likely to take their own lives than women.

In the Republic of Ireland, men are four times more likely to take their own lives than women.

In the UK, the highest suicide rate was for men aged 45-49.

In the Republic of Ireland, the highest suicide rate was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54).

In Northern Ireland, suicide rates for both men and women are higher than other UK nations – however rates are not necessarily directly comparable.

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    • Siti Rahman

      Siti Rahman

      May 29, 2019

      Well done Andy!!

      £40.00

    • Tony Severyns

      Tony Severyns

      May 29, 2019

      Well done, Mate!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 28, 2019

      Absolute gentleman, this is a great cause

      £30.00

    • Robert Booth

      Robert Booth

      May 26, 2019

      A great cause mate and a continuing problem amongst more and more everyday men. Good luck Andy.

      £1,000.00

    • Patrick, Vicky, Harry + Fred

      Patrick, Vicky, Harry + Fred

      May 26, 2019

      Go on lads !!!! If there's anything easy I can join you on let me know. Though I'm guessing none of it is easy so leave me out yeah Best of luck and well done to you all 👍

      £10.00

    • Gareth Sutcliffe

      Gareth Sutcliffe

      May 24, 2019

      Good luck Andy! Keep the challenges coming, they look pretty tough. Not as tough as the 10k run I did, but pretty hard nonetheless. 😜

      £10.00

    • El

      El

      May 24, 2019

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      £10.00

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