Helping men to become open and honest about their feelings

In March 2020, six of the recruits from SAS: Who Dares Wins will be running 250km through the hot and humid rainforests of Sri Lanka. That's six marathons in five days.

Why are we taking on this challenge?

Because in 2018 alone, almost 5,000 men took their own life. That's 94 men a week, 13 a day, one every two hours. Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Men find it hard to be open and honest about their feelings. But we want to change the way men feel about expressing their vulnerability.

So, we're taking on this challenge to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation, and raise awareness of mental health issues and the stigma surrounding talking about them.

Change is possible

We believe change is possible but we all have a responsibility to help. So, if you would like to help us champion this hugely important cause, please donate. We would be grateful for anything you can spare.

Together we can make a difference. Together we can save lives.

Visit their Just Giving page: Donate now 

A huge thank you from everyone at the Mental Health Foundation to: James McCorkindale, Milo Mackin, James Gwinnett, Michael Maisey, Richard Allen, Mark Peart for taking on this challenge, for raising money, for making this powerful video and lastly for caring passionately about men's mental health.

Video produced and Filmed by George Bishop.

A note on language in the video: the Mental Health Foundation would encourage individuals not to use the phrasing 'commited suicide' as the use of the word “committed” originates when suicide was considered a crime. Instead we would encourage people to say “took his/her own life”, “ended his/her own life”, or “completed suicide”.

Need support?

  • The CALMzone are a charity dedicated to men's mental health. They have a helpline which is available 365 days a year 5pm-midnight. Call them on 0800 58 58 58 (UK).
  • Samaritans are available 24/7 for free on 116 123 (UK). Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.
  • If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

Find out more about getting help for your mental health

Men's mental health month

In November, we focus on men's mental health. This is a campaign for anyone who identifies as male or a man and whose mental health may be impacted by pressures associated with this.

Join in and take action