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Charity uses food and football to 'keep men alive by talking'

PUBLISHED: 15:13 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:13 06 September 2016

The 12-week support group starts in October

The 12-week support group starts in October

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Men are three times more likely to take their own lives compared to women

As suicide remains the single biggest killer of young men in the UK, a new support group has been set up to help men in need.

North Kent Mind has teamed up with Dartford FC and the Healthy Living Centre to create a free 12-week event, giving men the chance to meet and open up.

Special projects officer at North Kent Mind, Richard Giles, said: “By offering men the opportunity to pick up healthy living tips and a safe space to chat, we will be going some way to address some of the real issues facing men today.”

Community lead at Dartford FC, Zack Hamid, said: “It is great to be involved in a project which engages with men through fitness and well-being, but we are also proud to provide the space for men to be able to open up and share their problems.

“The current levels of mental health issues are alarming, particularly with men. So we are pleased to support any project that tells men that ‘it’s okay to talk.’”

The group will start to run on Monday evenings at Dartford FC on October 10.

To get involved, contact North Kent Mind on 01322 291380 and book your place.

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