In light of men’s mental health awareness the University of Leeds Rugby League and American Football clubs have teamed up to raise money for the James Burke Foundation and CALM. Both charities work to raise awareness of male mental health and provide support services, with the James Burke Foundation being set up in memory of a University of Leeds student.
“In April of this year we lost a teammate named James Burke to suicide. This affected not only the club but everyone who knew him. We wanted to do something to make a difference and raise awareness of mental health to make sure this never affected another club in our university again. After speaking to American Football we found out they were in a similar situation so with both clubs having been affected by mental health and suicide we decided to pull together and make a collective effort to change the stigma that comes with mental health.
We want to encourage both men and women to speak out and know that its ok, to not be ok”
Andrew Marks, Rugby League
You can support the clubs throughout November to help raise funds and awareness of mental health by getting involved in one of the many exciting events (www.leeds.ac.uk/gryphons) and by donating on this page.