Active Cheshire the lead for physical activity and sport across Cheshire and Warrington are pleased to support Mission 84. A campaign created to raise as much awareness of suicide in men as possible. The name of the campaign itself is linked to the shocking statistic that on average, 84 men in the UK take their own lives every week.
Mission 84 is a cycling challenge over 84 days covering 3570km prior to Christmas Day (25th December 2020).
Creator of ‘Mission 84’ is from a company called Rage Fitness, they use exercise to tackle social issues and promote health and wellbeing. Based in Blacon, the company’s core purpose is to ‘Improve Lives’ by providing fitness, nutrition and mentoring programmes to people of all ages and backgrounds.
CEO of Rage Fitness, Craig Brown will be leading this challenge, pushing himself physically and mentally to help raise awareness.
He said, “I hope this inspires us to look out for one another and to know when to ask for help.”
In the UK, suicide is the highest cause of death among men under the age of 45. In fact, the highest recorded suicide rate in the UK belongs to men who fall in the 40-44 age bracket.
In addition to this, there are also disparities between gender and suicide: male suicide rates are higher than females, and there is much evidence to suggest that a key reason for this is down to the way that men generally communicate their mental health needs.
Find out more about Rage Fitness through the below links