Recently over 60 guests gathered at the York City football club’s LNER community stadium, to attend an event in support of men’s mental health and wellbeing charity, Movember.
‘Real Talk’ was organised by local insurance advice specialists Partners& and co-hosted by the club. The keynote speaker was Scott Barrow who currently plays left-back for York City FC. The aim of the event was to debunk the taboo of talking about men’s mental health. Currently suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 and an average of 191,000 men a year report stress, depression and anxiety caused, or made worse by work.
Alongside Barrow were speakers, Jason Jones, director of In Business Ninjas, Grant Phillips from GPC Group Ltd Cleaning and Aaron Devitt from organiser’s Partners&. Between them they discussed their personal experiences of losing loved ones to suicide, the mental health problems they experienced and the pressures of running a business.
Donations to attend the event raised over £1,000 for Movember, which, since it was founded in 2003, has supported over 1,250 men’s health projects, particularly prostate and testicular cancer, male suicide and men’s mental health.