Get ’em Onside is a proud supporter of Andy’s Man Club, an organisation which comprises of volunteers who help men who are struggling with mental health issues by providing talk groups for men.
To understand the need for the groups, here are some statistics;
- suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK
- 42% of men aged between 18 and 45 have contemplated taking their own life
- over 4200 men took their own life in 2014; that’s one man every two hours
Andy’s Man Club was set up in July 2016 by former rugby league player Luke Ambler following the suicide of his brother-in-law, 23 year old Andy Roberts – hence the name. The aim of the club is to provide men with a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about their problems with people who are in a similar boat.
What initially started as a small group in Halifax has now spawned to a state where, last month, over 150 men were using the clubs each week. Sixteen clubs now run every Monday evening, taking place in London, Wales, Devon, Lancashire and West Yorkshire just to name a few. Such has been the success of Andy’s Man Club so far, celebrities such as Ricky Gervais have bought into the #itsokaytotalk hashtag instigated by the group.
I myself attend the group in Leeds and can confirm that it certainly helps the frame of mind you are in; you are with people who understand what you are going through and the informal environment allows you to feel at ease.
Get ’em Onside hopes to be able to promote Andy’s Man Club going forward and if one reader of this site attends a session off the back of seeing the club on here or social media then that is job done.
If you want to find out more about Andy’s Man Club visit the website here.