Andy's Man Club

In the latest Samaritans report, 4,912 people took their own lives in the UK. 75% of those people were male. Males are 3.1x more likely to die by suicide in England than females. These figures highlight a big problem within British society that isn’t talked about enough, however, there is hope.

Former Rugby League player Luke Ambler set up a charity organisation called Andy’s Man Club in 2016 after the passing of his dear friend and brother-in-law Andy Roberts. Alongside Andy’s mother Elaine, they both set out on a mission to prevent other families from going through the same thing they went through.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2016 Luke discussed why men find it so hard to open up,

“Sometimes men don’t want to talk as they feel ridiculed or think that they’re putting a burden on their families,” he says. “Then if you try to talk about it with the lads, it ends up being turned into banter. I began to think that there was nowhere Andy could have spoken to anyone about what was going on, which is why I came up with the idea of Andy’s Man Club.

“It’s somewhere for men to get together and talk with other like-minded people - and they don’t just sit and talk. We do physical activities, we discuss coping strategies and talk about all sorts of things; from anger to debt management, even things like access to children, which some men have to deal with.”

Their success was instant and had even gained the recognition of some famous faces, but Luke isn’t stopping there.

"We’ve had Olympic stars tweeting about it, Danny Cipriani too, famous rugby league players like Australia international Paul Gallen and more. This hasn’t even scratched the surface yet, believe me. We’re aiming to cut the number of male suicides in half within five years: that’s our goal. If we can save lives, we’ve done something really special.”

Here at Geeza Men, we believe in putting your health first, whether that is your mental or your physical health. Therefore, we are a proud partner of Andy’s Man Club. The service they offer is heroic, free-to-attend talking groups for men across the UK. This is a safe space for men to not only talk but to build long-lasting friendships. The meetings don’t require you to speak in your first session and they even provide tea and biscuits. Topics such as politics, religion and drugs are not covered.

Our shared goal is to reduce male suicide across the country, promoting the idea that #ItsOkayToTalk, and guess what – it’s working! The suicide rate among males in the UK is lowering but there is always more we can do.

If you would like to reach out or even attend a local talking group here are a few links that you may find helpful. Remember #ItsOkayToTalk.

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