It’s always great to see people actively fundraising for our charity, so when Michael got in touch with us, we just had to share his inspirational story.
“By raising money for Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, I am hoping that it can raise awareness of mental health issues and help it to become a subject that people can talk about more instead of suffering in silence”.
On Saturday 2nd September, Michael Wright will be putting on his boxing gloves for charity, alongside 40 participants, raising awareness of mental health in men.
“People don’t understand that just because you look okay, doesn’t mean you aren’t struggling. Men find it really hard to open up about their emotions because they don’t want to be seen as weak”.
To get himself prepared for the boxing match, Michael is working with True White Collar Boxing with 8 weeks’ worth of training.
Michael decided to choose Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind as his charity sponsorship as he felt people need to know where to go for support.
“I’ve always said to myself whichever charity I pick, it needs to be somewhere I can use and know people will need their help at some point in their lives”.
Michaels works in a male-oriented workplace therefore he’s extremely passionate about raising awareness of mental health so men, like himself, feel okay to start the conversation.
While training for the event, Michael believes setting yourself a goal and taking part in physical activity, will help in his road to recovery.
Hoping to achieve £1000, we wish Michael the best of luck in his fundraising efforts and if you would like to donate, you can here.