Mike's story

 

I felt very vulnerable, but it was nice to share my story

"I lost my job, and my relationship broke down too."

"I was at my wit’s end, and decided the best way to sort it out was to kill myself. I went out to this place I thought would be quiet with a firm plan.

"The most bizarre thing saved me. It turned out not to be so quiet after all on that one particular day: people kept coming up to me wanting to talk. So in the end I didn’t go through with it.

"All this got me thinking about life and my priorities. I decided I needed help, and I ended up joining this programme in the community which gets men to take part in art projects and talk to each other.

"I felt very vulnerable, but it was also kind of nice to share my story. One man was really shaking after his story and I gave him a big hug, and that felt good too.

"I’m on the mend now."

Community projects that help people to talk can save lives. We believe that these projects should be there for everyone who needs them.

Email your council now to make sure people in Mike’s* position get the help they need.

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in this story, you can call us on 116 123 for free, confidential support.

To find out more about campaign, take a look at Deborah and Stella's stories.

*Mike’s name has been changed, and the image is posed by a model.