North Halifax Star 2017: Contribution to Culture – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Luke Ambler

Luke Ambler is an inspirational individual who has had a high impact on the local community and mental health.

Luke set up AndysManClub to help people who have suffered loosing someone via suicide after the tragic passing of his brother in law Andy Roberts last year.

The Club is set up to listen to people who may need somewhere to talk promoting the #ITSOKAYTOTALK campaign but it’s also somewhere to go if you feel the need to get something off your chest with like minded people in a non-judgemental environment.

In the last 12 months Luke has made a massive impact with the #ITSOKAYTOTALK campaign and #Andysmanclub which has seen some familiar names spreading awareness across social media including Daniel O’ Reilly (Dapper Laughs).

Over 200 people attend the Halifax group alone and now a further 5 Clubs have started across the country including in Huddersfield and Hull.

Luke runs a facebook page with over 15,000 followers and every day he sends out positive messages to people who may be feeling depressed or unable to talk.

Luke is full of encouragement and determination and he rightly deserves to be recognised for the work he’s done and continues to do on a daily basis to help those in their times of need.

Tesco store has Mental Health Awareness in mind

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 May 8th to May 12th 2017, Tesco’s  Aachen Way Store on Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax, will be hosting an event over three days, on the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.

The event will enable customers and colleagues to access information and resources, in order to encourage  better mental health in our community.

Local Mental Health organisations involved include Healthy Minds, Insight Healthcare, Improving Access To Psychological Therapies, Staying Well & Andy’s Man Club.

Customers are invited to come and have an informal chat with the representatives of the various organisations to find out what support is available locally and to discover what they can do to  improve mental health for themselves, for family members or  friends.

Organiser Tracy Smith, Community Champion at Tesco Aachen Way explains,

“With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health issue each year, we have several colleagues here who feel the need for a wider awareness. Through the presence of Mental Health practitioners and support groups who operate within our community, we hope to promote the support that can be accessed locally.   At the same time, we hope to contribute towards the movement to remove stigma around mental health issues.”

#ITSOKAYTOWALK London Challenge 2016

Show your support and donate to a great cause ‘London Challenge 2016’ which is raising money for #ANDYSMANCLUB in order to help open a club in every UK town and city and also raise awareness of the unbelievable work of Samaritans and Calm Zone.

A 194 mile walk from the Shay Stadium, Halifax to the Houses of Parliament in London will begin on Thursday 6 October in time to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October.

Show your support by sharing, donating and spreading the word!

Please visit if you would like to make a donation for this great cause no matter how big or small!


Insight Healthcare presents Wellbeing for Calderdale

In celebration of World Mental Health Day 2016, Insight Healthcare presents ‘Wellbeing for Calderdale’ with interactive stalls, taster sessions, live performances and guest speakers including Ursula Holden-Gill from ITV’s Emmerdale, Nick Rawsthorne of Halifax RLFC and Luke Ambler Halifax RLFC and founder of #andysmanclub and #itsoktotalk campaign.

Monday 10 October – 2pm to 7pm
At The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

For further informatiom visit