SWINTON, Manchester — Last weekend’s fixture between Swinton Lions and Halifax Panthers at Heywood Road was a designated fixture for raising awareness of Mental Health, Male Suicide and the work of ANDYSMANCLUB. In the lead-up to the game, both sets of players wore ANDYSMANCLUB T-Shirts and representatives of the charity were at the game spreading the word.

It was great to see both sets of players wearing the Andy’s Man Club shirts on Sunday and raising awareness of our cause! Suicide is still one of the largest killers of men in the U.K and the more avenues that we can go down to promote our services the better! Thanks to all involved at the Halifax Panthers and Swinton for their support in what was a fantastic day of awareness for our charity and cause. – Andrew Greenway Project Development Officer

Sunday was a fantastic day on and off the field for us as a club! It was great to be a part of raising awareness for such an important cause and a fantastic charity in Andy’s Man Club. We look forward to continuing to partner with them moving forward and are happy to be here in ways such as this for our community! I would also like to thank our usual warm up shirts sponsors for their permission in taking part and their support for both the club and Andy’s Man Club this weekend. It’s great to see some form both on and off the field for the club at the moment and a big shout out to the fans and our community for joining us in this! #Panthersareintown Jack Duffy – Community Engagement Officer Halifax Panthers

In mid-2016, nine men met in a small room in the archetypal Yorkshire town of Halifax with a simple aim of talking through their issues and helping each other deal with their mental health. All in attendance were agreed there was a magic in that room that had to be shared. This was the start of a movement that has grown faster than anyone first involved could have ever imagined. Fast forward 5 years and ANDYSMANCLUB now has groups at over 50 locations across three constituent countries of the United Kingdom. 

ANDYSMANCLUB takes its name from Andrew Roberts, a man who sadly took his own life aged 23 in early 2016. Andy’s family had no inkling that he was suffering or struggling to the extent that he would do this, and as a result looked deeper into male suicide and men’s mental health. They soon discovered that male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, with Male Mental Health surrounded by well-ingrained cultural stigma in the UK. Elaine Roberts and ex-Halifax player Luke Ambler are Andy’s Mum and Brother-in-Law, together they came up with the idea of ANDYSMANCLUB, a group where men aged 18 and above can speak openly about their mental health in a judgment-free, non-clinical environment. Groups now operate nationwide and are completely volunteer-led, with the vast majority of group facilitators having first interacted with ANDYSMANCLUB when they came through the door as a service user.

With their service used on a weekly basis by over 1,000 men, and an army of over 200 volunteers on board, the movement is continuing to grow on a week by week basis.

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