#ITSOKAYTOTALK the male mental health campaign sweeping Britain

The #ITSOKAYTOTALK selfie campaign has gone viral on Twitter but did you know it started right here in Ovenden?

When his brother-in-law committed suicide 6 months ago, Halifax rugby league player Luke Ambler decided he wanted to do something after seeing the impact and devastation it caused in his family.

Luke decided that he wanted to do something, so he set up Andy’s Man Club; a safe space for men to talk about how they feel and what’s getting them down,which runs every Monday evening, from 7pm, at Threeways in Ovenden,

Luke said: “It’s a place where men can come and just talk and have a laugh and feel good about yourself, you don’t have to have had suicidal thoughts, you may just want some where to go and hang out with other people and learn more about yourself”

The response has been so overwhelming that he’s now planning to set up clubs all over the UK, with a goal to halve the suicide rate in men.

According to the Samaritans, men are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than women – and a study by suicide prevention charity Calm revealed that as many as 42% of men aged 18 to 45 have considered ending their lives.

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK – but despite this, male mental health is rarely talked about.

Around £10,000 is needed to start 20 clubs and keep them running for at least six months. To donate, visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/andysmanclub-itsokaytotalk

The #ITSOKAYTOTALK selfie campaign has gone viral on Twitter – spreading the message and asking people to share their ‘OK selfies’ and nominate five friends.

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Since then thousands of people have got on board, including hundreds of rugby players, sports stars like Leon McKenzie and Carl Frampton, authors Irvine Welsh and John Niven and even Ricky Gervais.

Get involved yourself with a selfie and the OK sign, then nominate 5 of your friends and share the stats to let the world know #ItsOkayToTalk

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