Charity Football Match in Ovenden – Sunday 22 April

Halifax North & East Partnership are hosting a Football Charity Friendly against Andys Man Club FC to Raise Awareness around Mental Health and the #ITSOKAYTOTALK Campaign On Sunday 22 April 2018, 1.30pm on the Performance Pitch, Four Fields Cousin Lane, Ovenden.

Kick off will be at at 1.30pm.

If anyone is interested in playing please email Karen at Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk.

Andy’s Man Clubs are here to help! Anyone suffering with anything from daily stresses to mental health issues in men! It maybe you or someone you know! It’s OK to talk!

Time to Talk Day – Thursday 1 February 2018

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.

Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also expected to take the lead on talking about mental health in the wider sense. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Since Time to Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

The Time to Change organisation aims are to:

  • Improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
  • Reduce the amount of discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, their social lives and at work.
  • Make sure even more people with mental health problems can take action to challenge stigma and discrimination in their communities, in workplaces, in schools and online.
  • Create a sustainable campaign that will continue long into the future.

Since Time to Change began in 2007, around 4.1 million adults in England have improved attitudes towards mental health problems – that’s an improvement of 9.6% between 2008 and 2016. And more people than ever are able to be open about their mental health problems.

Andy’s Man Club at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Andy’s Man Club is a talking group, a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues/problems they be have faced or currently been facing. The benefit is there are other men who have been in similar situations and can help you with advice on how they have dealt with the situation. Some of our aims are to provide beneficial services, we will look at bringing in solicitors who can give advice about fathers seeing their children, running debt management classes for those with gambling addictions or money troubles as well as the possibility of anger management classes and even activity sessions ranging from sports like Rugby, Football, Basketball to walks and Fitness classes. Chat conversation end.

Every Monday, Hebden Bridge Town Hall 7pm.

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 www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andysmanclubitsokaytotalk if you would like to make a donation for this great cause no matter how big or small!

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