An athlete and fitness fan will be undertaking a sponsored strongest man competition in Kidderminster next month to raise funds and awareness of the need to talk about men’s mental health.
Jake Shaylor wanted to raise awareness of the need for good mental health among men after losing his close friend Taylor Moore, who took his own life earlier this year.
Jake, a driver at local builders’ merchant Thompson & Parkes, said: “It’s something which is close to my own heart as I understand how people out there are struggling with mental health issues and I want them to know they’re not alone.”
All money raised by Jake from his challenge at Flexible Fitness on June 25 will be donated to Men Walking and Talking, a group that offers a safe place for men to support each other and to talk, and to hopefully one day end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.
Jake began his fitness training four years ago as something to do and it quickly became a huge passion. Jake trains at in2shape and is an athlete at RAWR fitness, which is run by his brother Marcus and focuses on helping men and young adults struggling with mental health issues to find their passion through the gym.
He added: “I chose Men Walking and Talking as I know how hard it is to open up especially when you feel as a man you shouldn’t show emotion. They organise group walks and social get-togethers, and when you feel ready you can talk and not feel judged as everyone is there to help.
“Everyone’s support means a lot to me and the men at Men Walking and Talking, so any amount donated will be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause. Thank you all for the support, and let’s make a difference.”
You can support Jake and donate via his fundraising page: gofundme.com/f/c3je8-raising-money-for-mental-health-awareness