Did you know approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year? And suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales? The statistics are staggering, and in our ethos of training as one, we want to make sure no one ever sweats alone.
On 7 June 2019, UN1T hosted a “No one sweats alone” event, to celebrate one of our members friends, Chris James, who recently took his own life. Our mission on a Friday night? Raise awareness of mental health issues and raise vital funds for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The trainers (as always) put people through their paces, but an extra challenge was in the mix – always train with someone you’ve never met before. We encouraged attendees to meet new people, strike up conversations, and of course, exchange sweaty high fives.
After four rounds where people trained in pairs, threes and in teams of nine and eighteen, everyone had the chance to raise a glass to Chris and have a drink and refuel with friends, old and new.
Huge thanks to our sponsors on the night who fuelled our athletes – Pic’s Peanut Butter, Miami Burger and The Foraging Fox – and a big thank you to those who weren’t able to attend, but still donated to this incredibly important cause.
The event raised over £1,000 for CALM – and there’s still time to donate. Click here to visit Chris’ JustGiving page, donate to CALM, and help play a role in breaking down the stigma around ill mental health.
This money will go towards running CALM’s web chat and helpline services, which are free to use, anonymous, and confidential. They are open 365 days a year, and staffed by trained professionals. an average call to the helpline costs CALM £8 which means that the money raised from this event will help them answer around 131 calls and will directly help to prevent 112 suicides. Thank you again for all your donations.