Barrow stars have thrown their support behind a mental health campaign in order to raise awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day.
Skipper Lewis Hardcastle was joined by Bluebirds teammates Bobby Burns, Connor Brown, Sam Hird and Patrick Brough in supporting ‘Inside Out Day’ by wearing their training tops inside out to back an annual campaign organised by the If U Care Share Foundation.
Studies showed that nearly 7,000 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland died of suicide in 2018 alone, with the male suicide rate still considerably higher than that of women.
If U Care Share became a registered charity in 2011 with three main aims – prevention, intervention and support for those bereaved by suicide.
In 2014 the first ‘Inside Out Day’ was staged, a campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of talking by bringing what is on the inside, out.
“We know that people, especially men, can struggle to open up and talk about things,” explained Hardcastle.
“But it’s proven that talking about any problems or issues can massively help so if we can help to spread awareness of that then we’re more than happy to do it.
“Nobody needs to suffer in silence, there is so much help available these days and talking isn’t a weakness - so if you’re feeling low then please open up to someone.”