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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Inspiring, Educating and Empowering individuals to better manage their own mental wellbeing.
Men still account 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 Do I Need To Do?
The 96for96 challenge, encourages you to get together with friends and family to Walk, Run or Cycle 96km in a week to show our support to all those who are struggling across the UK. It is also a way to remember the 96 males who complete Suicide every week in the UK, and a show of solidarity with the 135 friends and families who are devastated by each passing.
What Is the Money For?
Through our work with male peer support groups, we have seen first-hand the power in sharing lived experiences. They help to reduce the feeling of isolation and promote a sense of Hope and Belief to those living with mental ill health and disability, something which we wish to reproduce and bring to the whole of the UK. 100% of monies raised will go towards further development and delivering the UK's first "Lived Experience Library" for mental ill health and disability. It will consist of a collection of real life stories from every day people who have lived with mental ill health and disability, sharing their experiences, what helped them and the lessons they learned, in video and podcast formats.
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. 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.
Once you make a donation, GivePenny will send it to the charity in a safe and secure manner. GivePenny also help charities to claim as much Gift Aid as possible, helping to contribute even more to causes that really need them.