£1,000 shared between mental-health charities

A raffle and a race night at the Newlands pub in Scarborough raised £1,000 for two mental-health charities.

£650 was donated to Scarborough Survivors and £350 to the Campaign Against Living Miserably, aka Calm, in memory of Ray Suarez and Cory Wood.

Survivors chief executive Andrea Woolcott said the funds would go towards volunteer-led projects based at the charity’s Mental Health Resource Centre at 9 Alma Square.

Volunteers are being recruited to assist members and reduce stigma and isolation.

The funds will support volunteer resources, training and expenses to enable the running of a dedicated youth space and a listening ear and positive buddy scheme.

Andrea said: “We are are delighted to be a beneficiary of the fundraising efforts and look forward to working together to raise awareness and ensure that those suffering with poor mental health receive the help they need”.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

The charity runs a free and confidential helpline and webchat - seven hours a day, seven days a week - for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. It supports those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership.

A spokesperson said: “Together, we’ll help our boys, dads, mums, brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues. We spread our message and facilitate supportive spaces in workplaces, universities, pubs, clubs and prisons across the country, so that people feel empowered to share their experiences and get the help they need before they reach the point of crisis.

“We challenge boring male stereotypes and encourage positive behavioural change and help-seeking behaviour, using cultural touch points like art, music, sport and comedy”.