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Online Men’s Training Group Rowvember for Movember to Help Raise Awareness for Male Suicide during Covid


NORTHWICH, UK, 22 October 2020 – A group of men with differing fitness levels will take on the daunting challenge of indoor rowing the distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats, totalling 1348km aiming to complete the task in 90 hours with an average speed of 1:59.9/500m.

TEAM MEN runs daily online fitness sessions that can be joined from anywhere in the UK, and also twice weekly men only group sessions in a private gym based in Cheshire. The aim of TEAM MEN is to make regular exercise more fun by offering group sessions which involve real fitness progression, encouragement from your TEAMmates and having a great laugh with a group of great guys.  The exercise sessions give men a healthy outlet for stress and allow all men to participate, whatever their fitness level.

“We believe in bringing men together – to hang out, get physical and have fun. We try to encourage guys to choose this type of training, rather than spending too much time going to pubs, binge watching TV, gambling or gaming,” explains TEAM MEN founder Paul Connor.

This ROWvember challenge is all part of Paul’s ambition to support men’s mental health and bring attention to the number of male suicides nationally and globally, as part of the annual Movember campaign.

“I want more men to understand how physically training together regularly and in groups can significantly improve their mental health,” he says, “There’s an awful lot of pressure on men at the moment to speak up, to not suffer in silence. But some men just aren’t comfortable talking about their feelings, no matter how much you encourage them. By training together, hanging out, working towards common goals, men form bonds and release some of those feelings. It’s a form of therapy that doesn’t require words.”

Right now, in the UK two people take their life every hour and globally around 60 men die every hour from suicide. These alarming figures are what has caused Movember to get behind the issue of men’s mental health and encourage challenges like this to raise awareness and funds to support their mental health programmes.

The TEAM MEN challenge squad is currently made up of eight men who will take turns on Concept2 rowing machines virtually and physically over the course of November to make up the full distance, but they say, there’s always more room on TEAM MEN and more arms will make the challenge that much more manageable!

“By individually rowing a part of 1,348,000 metres this November we will be together on our solo machines even if we are apart,” says Connor, “At a time where we are being told to stay at home, away from others and to limit our social contact, it has never been more important to find a way to stay connected and feel like you belong to something.  We are a TEAM who want to be fit, healthy and above all happy. We may not be able to go to the match, the pub or play indoor sports but what we can do is form groups and work together towards common goals.”

According to the Clinical Journal of Psychiatry, ‘the beneficial effects of physical activity on mental health include distraction, self-efficacy, and social interaction.” It also says, “Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function,” and “Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.”

You can support TEAM MEN by donating to the team’s Movember Donation profiles on Facebook and you can follow the team’s progress on Facebook.

To find out more about more about Team Men visit  Online group sessions run every day UK time at 6.30am and 7.30am and you come to as many sessions as you like each week, from wherever in the world you like, to suit your work/family commitments.

For further information or PR enquiries, please contact:

Paul Connor

Telephone: 07833 564139





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Friends of Alex Stern, whose body was recovered from the river Thames in April, announce 50 mile run

Friends of Alex Stern, who disappeared on 11th January in Sonning and was sadly found on 3rd April by Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (BLSAR), are running 50 miles to raise money for BLSAR and to raise awareness of mental ill-health and suicide in young men.

On October 10th a group of Alex’s close friends (Will Hicks, Will Drew, James Hulme, Patrick Timmis and Henry Maclellan) will pull on their running shoes and run from Sonning (where Alex was last seen) along the river on a 50 mile route back to one of his favourite Chelsea pubs. Alongside the run, James and a group of friends will cycle a 78 mile route, teaming up with the runners for the final stretch from Kew to Chelsea. Finally a 3rd group will be joining up at Kew to run the final 10km.

One of the runners and a close friend of Alex, Patrick Timmis, said “through the long and painful months after Alex’s disappearance, BLSAR worked tirelessly in their quest to find Alex, searching the river despite incredibly difficult conditions with almost continual flooding. This was a major operation over hundreds of man-hours with helicopters, drones, sonar, dogs and divers scouring the river in Sonning where Alex was last seen alive. Made up of an army of volunteers, we want to recognise their fantastic work and give something back to allow them to continue to help find other missing people.”

As well as the fundraiser, sidekick, a nonprofit community based mental health organisation founded by one of Alex’s cousins, is running a month long campaign ‘we all know an alex’ to encourage positive conversations to help prevent suicide. The event, which begun on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th will run for a month until the event on October 10th, which is also World Mental Health Awareness day.

James Shrager, co-creator of sidekick, said “sadly, 18 people a day take their own lives in the UK, and suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45. This needs to change. We want to help promote awareness of mental ill-health and encourage others who might be facing similar battles to speak up and get the help they need before it’s too late.”

Donations can be made at

From Depression to the Desert Race – How one girl healed then took the step to uncover mental health in others

Jodie is running 6 marathons in 6 days for young people’s mental health on April 5th, 2019 in the Marathon Des Sables.

On 24th December 2015, Jodie woke up not knowing how she was going to manage another day. Mentally and physically paralysed by depression, Jodie attempted to take her own life with an overdose. “I didn’t want to die but I didn’t know how to live,” says current PhD researcher Jodie. “I hit rock bottom”

North London mental health charity IHEART (Innate Health Education and Resilience Training) helped Jodie rediscover her mental health. “Thankfully I received the best support from IHEART and now I am raising money to help other young people benefit from the unique IHEART curriculum, which is being rolled out in schools.”
Three years on, Jodie is paying it forward, raising funds for IHEART, by running the toughest foot race in the world- a 250km run across the Sahara Desert – The Marathon des Sable.

IHEART Founder and Head of Education, Terry Rubenstein, is unbelievably supportive of Jodie’s courage and commitment “I have run one marathon. It was incredible but brutal. Jodie is running the equivalent of 6 marathons in 6 days. She is a warrior,” says Terry, author of Exquisite Mind and The Peach who Thought She Had to Be a Coconut. “She has her own powerful story of mental suffering and healing – Now she wants to help others ….”

In 14 months, IHEART has impacted 1500 young people, within 33 schools, trained nearly 200 educators across Europe, South Africa, and the USA. Adds Terry, “Jodie and her incredible efforts will allow IHEART to reach thousands more children in the coming year. But we need to reach many, many more. Please help us to help our kids.”

The worrying statistics speak for themselves

• 50 % of mental health problems are established by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
• 25% of 14-year-old girls across the UK are clinically depressed
• 1 in 15 adults in England is estimated to have made a suicide attempt in their life.

We need your help in sharing Jodie’s story to raise awareness for IHEARTs vital work instilling mental health within young people.

“Our children are suffering and in order to solve this problem, the IHEART curriculum shows young people how change can only ever come from the inside-out.” Jodie, 2018.