26th June 2019

Nationally it is well recognised that approximately 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year.

Having served in the army for 24 years, Andy Poole now works as a Practice Manager at Kirton Medical Centre.

Andy said since leaving the Army eight years ago far too many men that he has had the privilege of serving alongside have made the decision to take their own lives.

Andy said:

“Mental Health can affect people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“ Whilst I myself have not suffered with any mental health illness, the fact that so many have has had an effect on me, and this is why I wanted to do something about it.

“I am trying to raise awareness of the mental health issues among men and women, not just veterans and get the message out there that ‘It’s ok to talk’.”

Starting at midday on Thursday 27 June, Andy plans to cycle 365km over a 24 hour period on his static trainer at Kirton Medical Centre, just south of Boston.

Andy added:

“The plan is for local mental health organisations and charities to run awareness stands during the event so that we can provide help and advice to people that might need support.

“I have invited the local youth groups along on Thursday evening so that they can attend an awareness and information session.”

Money raised from the event will be donated to Combat Stress, the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. The charity supports people with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Andy is encouraging everyone to come along and have a chat with him and the various organisations involved.

Donations can be made at the event or online at www.justgiving.com and search for ‘Just Talk’.

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