Over the last few years, male mental health has seen a noticeable increase in both media attention and general understanding within the zeitgeist. Charities like CALM and Movember have been at the forefront of many campaigns, highlighting stats such as suicide being the single biggest killer for men in the UK under the age of 45; a fact which has propelled the message that things urgently need to change. Over the past year or so it’s a statement that has rightly taken an increasing a hold on the UK mindset.
London training company, Manor, working in partnership with Lululemon and in support of CALM, are leading the StronNotSilent campaign. One of the most striking initiatives that arose around World Mental Health Day at the start of October. The campaign saw a series of powerful images of “strong” men depicted with a jarring sense of vulnerability. The black and white photos were a massive success.
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Charlie Watts, Former MMA fighter and founder of Manor . . . ‘ I AM STANDING UP FOR MEN SPEAKING OUT’ . . . Every week, 84 men in the UK take their own lives. The majority will have suffered in silence or tried to self-medicate themselves…and failed. Many men are too embarrassed to admit to themselves or others when they are mentally struggling to cope, believing it somehow makes them appear weak and less of a man. . . As men our ‘strong and silent’ response is costing too many lives preventing many of us from seeking help when we need it most. . . It’s time for us to be Strong NOT Silent and share our struggles. . . To lend your support and help raise awareness for men’s mental health create your own strong not silent portrait – hit link in bio. . . #strongnotsilent #sharethestruggle #nohealthwithoutmentalhealth
In addition to the visual campaign, Manor are hosting a series of events in association with Lululemon (and held in their stores). The first two took place in October, the first covering money, power and success and the second identity. November’s two events are likely to be even more popular, considering the widespread support of Movember across the month.
Starting with a 40-minute workout to cultivate an atmosphere of camaraderie and openness, the events then move into a relaxed panel discussion with some of Manor’s key trainers talking about the main themes. The penultimate panel takes place at Lululemon, Spitalfields on November 7th (hosted by Ryan Lea and Ben Wood) with the last session (hosted by Greg Wooton and Chris Baugh) finishing with the third instalment of the renowned charity boxing event, Fight For Your Manor at Cecil Sharp House on November 15th. All proceeds from the event go towards CALM.
To get tickets for either event, head over to the website here. You can also support the campaign by purchasing a limited edition series of t-shirts that Manor have produced in conjunction with Lululemon. The Metal Vent Tech short sleeve Lululemon t-shirt will feature the StrongNotSilent logo, and will be sold in all Lululemon stores that are hosting a StrongNotSilent event, with all proceeds of the £58 price tag going to towards CALM. Obviously you can just donate money as well by heading to gofundme.com/STRONGNOTSILENTSERIES.
Charlie Watts, Manor’s Founder and Co-Founder of the StrongNotSilent campaign, commented: “I am proud to be supporting such a bold campaign; suicide is an issue that is close to my heart and we are hoping to create as much of an impact as possible. StrongNotSilent has also been an emotional learning curve for me personally, and has opened doors into areas of my life that I may previously have resisted looking into too closely. The most important message we hope to convey, is that it is okay to talk and more men need to SHARE THEIR STRUGGLE.”
Picture credits: Manor