#ITSOKAYTOTALK

‘It’s okay to talk’ was the take away statement for some of Intelect’s employees, who recently attended a mental health awareness event hosted by the company at their branch in Middlesbrough.

Specialising in mechanical and electrical contracting across various process sectors, Intelect operate within industries which are, and have been, traditionally very male dominated – this meant a visit from national men’s mental health charity, Andy’s Man Club was very fitting.

Established in 2016 following the tragic death of Andrew Roberts, who died by suicide, Andy’s Man Club was created with the aim of providing men with a safe space to feel comfortable to talk and open up in a judgement-free environment.

Now, with over 190 free support groups nationwide, and over 4,500 men using their clubs every week, the charity continues to build on the services that they provide, which includes the delivery of free of charge talks and awareness seminars in businesses and other organisations nationwide.

The 45-minute session consisted of a variety of topics including the background behind the charity, the importance of talking, and most importantly how their services can be accessed. Led by Andy’s Man Club representative, Michael Chaplow, those in attendance also listened to his story, and were moved to hear about how the charity helped him during his time of need.

It’s reported that one man dies by suicide every two hours in the UK alone, making it the biggest killer of men under the age of 54. With 84% of the Intelect workforce being under the age of 54, their team of Mental Health First Aiders were keen to ensure employees are aware of where they can source support if they are struggling.

One of Intelect’s MHFAider’s Cameron Johnson suggested the idea, and also took part in the session, he said, “It was great to welcome Andy’s Man Club to Intelect and hear some invaluable information from Michael.

“Those who attended the session found it really informative, and hopefully they’ll pass on what they’ve learned to people they know too, to ensure as many men as possible are aware of the services available.”

With figures showing that a Monday is the most likely day for a man to take his life in the UK, Andy’s Man Club runs every Monday from 19:00, excluding bank holidays. For more information, and to find your nearest group, visit: https://andysmanclub.co.uk/find-your-nearest-group/

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