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Weʼre raising £500 to A walk from Kirkintilloch to Yoker along Forth & Clyde Canal to raise funds and awareness for mens mental health.

Glasgow, UK
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Life is a journey, and as anyone suffering with poor mental health will agree, it can be very tough.

To reflect life's journey I will be walking around 12 miles from Kirkintilloch to Yoker along the Forth & Clyde Canal to raise some essential funds but more importantly to raise awareness as we go along. All of us, at one time or another and regardless of gender, can hit a crisis, so we all could do with support when things get tough.

As a man, being affected by mental illness isn't a sign of weakness, I myself have struggled with mental health issues and thanks to the amazing people around me I am still here today to tell the story. The 21st century throws more and more at us, that we as men are just not designed to cope with. There's too much going on, and we can't be expected to handle it all on our own. Sooner or later, you get ManDown.

In this modern world, everyone seems to be connected to everyone else through social media, yet somehow, all of these connections mean that we tend to talk 'at' each other, rather than 'to' each other. Asking for help doesn't make you any less of a man, in fact it's the exact opposite. The stereotype that 'women are emotional' and men should be the 'strong silent type' doesn't help either genders. We're all just people.

In 2014 there were 6,109 suicides in the UK, of which 76%, or 4,623, were male, and suicide currently stands as the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in this country. The ratio of male to female suicide has shown a sustained rise over the last 30 years. In 1981 men accounted for 62% of suicides in this country, which rose to 70% in 1988, 75% in 1995 and hit 78% in 2013. (Source: ONS)

I believe that there are social and cultural barriers that prevent men from speaking out. From feedback we’ve received, and research conducted, men often say that they don’t feel comfortable expressing how they feel if they’re having a bad time, as they are expected to be strong at all times, to ManUp and not doing so equates to weakness or failure as a man, we become ManDown.

Being Silent is Not Being Strong

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  • Michaelq Cullen17 days ago
    Michaelq Cullen

    Michaelq Cullen

    17 days ago

    Well it's all done my first #WalkofLife for Brothers in Arms has been a great experience for me and hopefully for others, we has achieved tremendous things, fund-raising so far over £800 and counting, more awareness and lots of positive conversations along our journey. I would like to personally thank each and every person who has donated supported me and came along and joined in today.

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  • Michaelq Cullen17 days ago
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    Michaelq Cullen

    17 days ago

    Saturday the 28th July is the #WalkofLife charity fundraiser I am doing to raise money and awareness for Mens Mental Health. Why not come along and join me or give me a cheer on as I pass you by :) @BIAtogether

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  • Michaelq Cullen19 days ago
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    Michaelq Cullen

    19 days ago

    This fund-raising campaign has been amazing yous people are great I have also had two articles in the media about this and way I am supporting this charity if you would like to read more the links are below: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16380097.glasgow-councillor-michael-cullen-opens-up-about-battle-with-depression/ http://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/16372572.councillor-michael-cullen-walks-forth-and-clyde-canal-for-charity/

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  • Nancy

    Nancy

    Jul 31, 2018

    Well done on your mental health charity walk

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 31, 2018

    Well done Michael. A great effort for a very good cause.

    £20.00

  • Linkes

    Linkes

    Jul 30, 2018

    Well done Michael for raising awareness for an excellent cause and completing the walk.

  • Russell Robertson

    Russell Robertson

    Jul 29, 2018

    Well done colleague- a problem shared is a problem we can all tackle together!

    £20.00

  • Sharon Greig

    Sharon Greig

    Jul 28, 2018

    As a mother of sons...excellent cause. Well done and many thanks. x

    £20.00

  • Stephen Coyle

    Stephen Coyle

    Jul 28, 2018

    Respect to you and colleagues for completing the walk today Michael.

    £10.00

  • e hanlon

    e hanlon

    Jul 28, 2018

    Well done Michael

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