Let’s Talk Mental Health

March 24, 2017

Recently I met a young girl who is organising a surf jam in my town for the 1st April in support of Invictus Trust and SOBS motivated by her brother’s struggle with depression and his unfortunate suicide as a result. 

We had a long chat about mental health and in particular how men suffer through it differently than women.

Women are natural talkers and we wouldn’t function well if we didn’t get together with our besties or our squad and talk it all out. It’s just how women are, we talk to each other.

Men on the other hand are raised to be “manly” and to “man up” which can force them to try to brave through some really debilitating situations in life, especially depression.

The thing with depression is you never control it, it controls you. It isn’t a bum day you can just do something that will cheer you up.

Meghan’s brother, Natty, surfed all the time, the kind of activity known for resetting us, for giving us time to put things into perspective, not to mention the endorphin rush and the healthy effects of regular exercise, or the daily dose of healing salt water.

All these things would sort anyone else out in an hour or two.

If you struggle with depression however, there is literally nothing you can do, there is no “snapping out of it”.

Depression is a dark cloud that sneaks up on you and takes you down like a 200lb rugby player and pins you down until it’s done with you, and if you don’t talk about what you’re going through with a trusted friend or a professional, it is doubly hard to deal with.

Many people struggle with depression and we don’t even know it.

I’m definitely the kind of person who can spend a week sleeping and hiding from the world and then one day wake up and I feel better, I’ll shower, put on a face, some nice clothes, go out and be all smiles and positivity and you’d never know that I’d spent the past two days crying like there was a death in the family.

It’s hard to talk about being depressed. It’s depressing to talk about and it’s depressing to hear it. However, it IS important to talk about it.

Being open about your personal struggles may give others some hope, seeing you own your struggles despite how difficult they are can give other people strength.

Meghann’s Natty Surf Jam organised for the 1st April here in Newquay, Cornwall is a way to bring our community together as well as to raise awareness about mental health with talks from charities and others, the intention is to encourage people to talk to each other and for those who don’t suffer, to support those who do.

Each of us know someone who suffers, whether it be anxiety, depression or something else, everyone has a hard time on some level, some more than others, and we may not even know it.

Be someone people can open up to without fear of being judged.

If you’re planning a visit to Newquay the weekend of the 1st April, make sure you head down to Fistral Beach for the Natty Surf Jam, there will be fun surf comps, bands playing, competitions and prizes, free work outs and yoga on the beach and much more.

Here’s their official press release:

On April 1st 2017 we will be hosting the first ever ‘Natty Surf Jam’: A Festival of Music and Surfing to make a positive change in our local community. The event is in memory of local surfer Nathaniel Loney; a contagiously vibrant, loving soul who tragically lost his life at the age of 25 after a 3 year battle against severe depression & bi-polar disorder.

The ultimate goal of The Natty Surf Jam is to raise awareness and support for young adults struggling with mental health related illnesses, so that no one has to face the journey alone. 

ALL AGES WELCOME Starts at 8AM – 4PM
Live Bands at Beach Bar!
Longboard surfing competitions
Great food and drink
Free Beach Yoga from Ocean Flow
Free Beach fitness classes by Van Hoof Fitness
Fancy dress
Raffles with AMAZING PRIZES
Surf Expession Session (inclusive to everyone)
Surfboard/wetsuit hire (for donation at Fistral Beach Surf School)
Mental Health Charity Hub and free information and advice
All day parking £3
So please come along fun for all the family!

A Longboard Competition will be held at Fistral Beach, Newquay throughout the day and will comprise of an open men’s and women’s division. There will also be an Expression Session for all surfers and board types halfway through the day where extra amazing bonus prizes will be up for grabs!

To level out the prize giving all competitors names will be put into a hat then drawn into fantasy surf teams with at least one professional or experienced surfer in each team. The team with the most collective scored points will win prizes from the sponsors. This way its fair on all ability levels of surfing.

Entry for the Open longboard will be £20 and will include breakfast and lunch, an official Natty Surf Jam Tee-shirt, entry to the evening music event, a massage and checkup from local chiropractor Alex Bergmann and a chance to win the cash prize amongst other great prizes from our sponsors. We will be releasing details on how to enter very soon.

At the moment entry for the expression session will be based on donations on the day but this could change if there is a feeling of interest.

The band jam will be held at Whiskers, featuring Abbie Piper, Wildwood Kin + more amazing acts to be confirmed, so watch this space for updates! Evening entry will be ticketed at £8 in advance and £10 on the door – all proceeds going to charity.

WAYS TO SHOW SUPPORT:
– Share this event
– Invite your Surfing Music-head friends!
– Enter the Surf Comp! http://bit.ly/2mga5IJ
– Buy tickets to the live music event! http://www.seetickets.com/tour/the-natty-surf-jam
– Donate… (Message us for details)
– Volunteer! please join our volunteer group on the following link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686231175008869/

This year we are working with The Invictus Trust to help them achieve thier goal of installing a treatment facility in Truro which at the moment is bound in “red tape” by the government. To find out more about this please go to http://www.invictustrust.co.uk/.

We are also raising awareness SOBS uk -Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide helping individuals and families of the deceased relatives. http://uk-sobs.org.uk/

For any enquiries please email/phone:
meghannloney@hotmail.co.uk
grahamcullis@hotmail.co.uk
+44 7949 880 657

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