Nick Wilson

385mile cycle challenge

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of individuals around the country, with the numbers of people having diagnosable Depression and/or Anxiety Disorders doubling during 2020 and for the first time there has been an increase in the number of teenagers who feel they have no other choice than to take their own lives.


As it is, pre covid saw on average, over 385 men completing suicide every month within the UK, with men still accounting for 3 out of 4 suicides and the impact of Toxic Masculinity is more prevalent today than it ever has been. Whilst we do tend to talk about mental health more as a society, the numbers of men taking action remains small, predominantly owing to; stigma, prejudice and the perceptions of asking for help or speaking about your emotions, being something only wimps or women do!


This is why during "Men’s Health Awareness Week" from 14th to 20th June, I will be tackling my own #385challenge, to raise money for Talk Mental Health who provide so much support, guidance and training to not just men, but also their partners, family and loved ones.

Collectively we can show it is NOT weak to ask for help or speak about our mental health and emotions, that in fact it takes great bravery and courage to take these steps and be the very best person we can, for our family, friends, loved ones, partners and OURSELVES.

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"ITS TIME TO COMPLETE THIS THING!!
We will be completing the final 160miles around Northampton, from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th September and shall be riding into Delapre Abbey at midday on the Saturday, where YOU ALL are invited to be there and welcome us in 🥳
If you live within Northants, keep an eye out for the trike and our flag flying from it, give us a wave and a beep when you see us and hopefully we will see you on the Saturday? Thank you ALL for your generosity 💚"
2 months ago
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"So we have just completed Day Two of the 385mile cycle challenge we are doing as part of the wider 385challenge, which kicks off on Monday 14th June and will last the week for Men's Health Awareness Week.
It's been tough going for the team, with over 6hrs being spent in the sun, no clouds and 24+ degrees! For me personally, it's the first time I've ever actually completed over 55miles in one day, so doing it two days on the trot now is SUCH an achievement for me.
The body is beginning to hurt much more now though, with recovery times being so much longer and I'm struggling with both my spine and Fibro currently. With the days only becoming harder as we progress and the inclines of the hills becoming longer and steeper, I'll be honest, I'm petrified right now about whether I will actually be able to complete this!!"
5 months ago
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"Good day's training today, with my completing a 20mile cycle route in the quickest time yet at 1hr50mins, which is 15mins faster than my best time! Whilst it isn't about the speed during the challenge, ideally we do need to be averaging 10mph if I am to prevent my being on the bike for 10hr to 12hr days."
5 months ago
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"It is a sad sad day and timely reminder, not that it was needed, of why I am undertaking such a challenge and the reason for it being during Men's Health Awareness Week, as I wake to the news of the Veteran community losing yet another hero to Suicide and it has hit home hard. You can watch catch the short vlog I filmed, catch up with earlier vlogs and keep updated with progress via my YouTube channel - #385challenge "
5 months ago

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Inspiring, Educating and Empowering individuals to better manage their own mental wellbeing.

Why take on our 385challenge?

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of individuals around the country, with the numbers of people having diagnosable Depression and/or Anxiety Disorders doubling during 2020 and for the first time there has been an increase in the number of teenagers who feel they have no other choice than to take their own lives.

As it is, pre covid saw on average, over 385 men completing suicide every month within the UK, with men still accounting for 3 out of 4 suicides and the impact of Toxic Masculinity is more prevalent today than it ever has been. Whilst we do tend to talk about mental health more as a society, the numbers of men taking action remains small, predominantly owing to; stigma, prejudice and the perceptions of asking for help or speaking about your emotions, being something only wimps or women do!

What Is It About?

Do you know how exhausting it can be, emotionally, mentally and physically, to battle with suicidal thoughts? Are you aware of the sheer frustration felt by someone who feels they aren't being listened to, taken seriously and cannot see any other option than to end their life? Can you comprehend the immense weight and pressure felt by someone who thinks they are nothing more than a burden to their friends, family and loved ones?

As someone who has been suicidal, the founder of Talk Mental Health and Army Veteran, Nick Wilson, is all too aware of just how much it took for him to keep going hour by hour, day by day, feeling as though his family and loved ones would be better off without him and ultimately, the only option he really had was to take his own life. He did not WANT to die, he simply wanted the pain, sadness and sheer exhaustion to go away and could not see any point in continuing his fight, to merely exist and survive in life.

What Do I Need To Do?

The 385challenge campaign, encourages you to tackle a total of 385km between 01st and 30th of September, equating to 12km every day, by Walking, Running, Cycling or Swimming as a symbol of hope and support to all those who are struggling across the UK and globally right now, especially following the impacts of Covid over these past 16months. It also pays respect to the 385guys, who complete Suicide every month in the UK, and their friends, families and loved ones left behind, with 135 people feeling the impact by each passing.

We ask you to think about fundraising throughout the challenge, with all monies raised going towards the development of our unique "Self-Help and Wellbeing Tool", which is based on our Self-Management Workshop, with the added benefits of invaluable resources and functions provided by technology such as, journalling, calendar, reminders and contacts. The total amount required to produce this has been quoted as between £5000 to £10,000 and would enable us to provide it for free and without any ads.

Can You Help Us Spread The Word?

Can you help spread the word even further and nominate 2 people to take on the 385challenge? If we all nominate only 2 people, imagine how much awareness we could drive, what a positive message it will send and how quickly our fundraising could spread. Tackle your 385 and Nominate 2!

How Do I Fundraise And Share With Others?

We have taken care of all of the technical stuff and all you have to do is set up your page on GivePenny and you can then link up to Strava (the free social-fitness tracking website/app) and start running, jogging or walking your way to achieving your total target of 1000k. If you don’t have a fitness tracker or app, no problem, you can enter your kilometres manually on your page once you have set it up.

What Do I Get For Taking Part? Once you have raised your first £50, let us know by sending an email and picture of your total to supportme@talkmentalhealth.org.uk and we shall send you out a 385challenge T-Shirt. On achieving £250, let us know by sending an email and picture of your total to supportme@talkmentalhealth.org.uk and we shall send you out one of our new "You Are The Author" leather bracelets. After the event, all participants will receive a special Talk Mental Health certificate for completing 385km and a special, "My Journey Is Not Over" medal to wear with pride.

Don’t forget to share your progress through photos and online platforms or by emailing our fundraising team as we would love to see the amazing ways you have made this virtual race happen. In these challenging times we need YOU to step up for those who are struggling around the UK, within YOUR communities!

Thank you so much from all of us at Talk Mental Health for taking part in the first ever #385challenge, now go plan, build your team and have FUN

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