Club holds highest meeting in the world to raise awareness of suicide.

AMC on top of Kilimanjaro

AMC on top of Kilimanjaro, left to right: Declan Storey, Eddie McConnell, Liam Munn, Adam McClintock, Alex McClintock, Paul Waterworth and Luke Ambler.

Andy’s Man Club Hull is on a high, literally, from reaching the 5,756 meter summit of Mount Kilimanjaro recently, to celebrating the Club’s first birthday and achieving charity status.

Elated, exhausted and emotional, five of the Trustees of Andy’s Man Club UK held a meeting on the roof of Africa, following the arduous six day climb to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The founder, Luke Ambler and four other Trustees from around the UK, including Leon McQuade, leader of the Hull group, hiked to the top with a local guide team who were so impressed to hear about the group’s work, they are now also setting up a Tanzanian group to spread the word that it’s of for men to talk, in order to reduce the cases of male suicide on their continent.

Glad to be home, Leon McQuade says:

“The trip was amazing! It was probably that hardest thing I have ever done, the climb is difficult in itself but the altitude sickness affected us all, in different ways and different levels. Sadly one of the guys had to be taken back down the mountain, it doesn’t matter how fit and healthy you are, the mountain takes no prisoners, the conditions are tough. However, it was also the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. Reaching the summit was a special moment for us all, it was very emotional but a great sense of achievement. We held a meeting at the top of the mountain, in the same format as our weekly meetings at Airco Business Lounge in Hull, it felt good to show that we all have our own mountain to climb, but together we can achieve anything.”

“On our return from Tanzania, the Hull group celebrated its first year and I am so proud to say that throughout that time we have helped lots of men aged 18-45 to talk about their thoughts and feelings, in a safe and secure environment where they can know it is ok to talk. During this time we’ve had over fifteen hundred visits from individuals who attend our weekly meetings at the Airco Business Lounge. This is just in Hull so we know there is a huge demand for this type of support for men with mental health issues. I am also delighted to say that we have now achieved charity status for Andy’s Man Club UK, opening up many different opportunities for us.”

“Being a part of Andy’s Man Club is a huge privilege, all of our team look forward to it every week and enjoy the extra activities we run outside the meeting. The visible change we see in our members from first arriving and feeling apprehensive to being able to share their feelings about the tough times they are experiencing and seeing that they are not alone, the satisfaction it gives is hard to put into words.”

This is no time to rest for Andy’s Man Club Hull, the team is running a series of activities to raise funds for the charity to enable new clubs to set up in addition to the twenty one already thriving around the UK. The aim is to cut suicide rates by half, a tenacious goal that they are striving to achieve.

Leon adds:

“If you are struggling with mental health issues, or know someone who is, invite them along to Andy’s Man Club Hull at 7pm every Monday night. Once through the door, we’ll support you and help you to look forward to life.”

For more information about Andy’s Man Club Hull, please find the group on Facebook or visit www.andysmanclub.co.uk

[Jess Clark – Divine Clark PR Limited]

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