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Suicide Awareness with The Paddling Paramedic

Written by Yvonne Verla, DTFC Mental Health Ambassador

Joe Cartwright, The Paddling Paramedic.

Every year in the UK over 6,000 people will end their lives. Most of them will be men, with the highest number in the 45 – 49 age group. Three times as many men commit suicide compared to women.

Many more will make a serious but unsuccessful attempt to end their life.

It is difficult for most of us to comprehend the depth of desperation and sadness that leads someone to believe that their life is worthless, that the world would be a better place without them being part of it and try to end their life.

Sadly, though those are some of the thoughts that people carry with them and act upon.

Dunstable Town FC Owners have the telephone number for Mind BLMK Crisis Support on the back of their Blue Cards. We are proud of our relationship with both Mind BLMK & CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) but recognize that at times of personal crisis and in the depths of despair people reach out to different agencies.

We want to continue to try and support partner agencies working in this field as part of our role as a Community Benefit Society which is why Dunstable Town FC is very pleased to be able to support Joe Cartwright aka “The Paddling Paramedic” in his quest to paddleboard across the English Channel from Dungeness to Boulogne in September to raise funds for the Ollie Foundation and raise awareness on suicide and suicide prevention.

Joe will be our guest at Creasey Park during the season but in the meantime, we ask all our supporters and owners to visit the Ollie website and learn more about their work and support Joe at his Just Giving page.


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