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HOW IT STARTED

Paul Murphy and Richard Peter-Tennant arranged the first ever Men’s Mental Health Walk and Talk in Scotland in a Football Setting, when in November 2019 Dundee FC played their nearest rivals Dundee United FC at Dens Park.

As football fans we wanted to show that there is a common camaraderie with Football Supporters of different clubs as Mental Health issues affect all of us and doesn’t discriminate against whoever you support or not.

Paul is a Dundee FC Fan of many years standing, while Richard supports Crystal Palace FC since 1977 and the friendship between both sets of fans has grown immeasurably since the Julian Speroni Testimonial in 2015.

Dundee sadly has the highest level of suicide deaths in Scotland, which is why Richard and Paul decided in the lounge of Paul’s Balgay Hill Bar (The Rosie) that they had to try to help men to help themselves.

Back in 2019 we designed the first Walk and Talk in Scotland in a Football Setting when Dundee who Paul supports, but he is very fond of Palace when they played Dundee United. We generated £2000 and the money went to Andy Man’s Club Dundee, Samaritan Dundee, Calm Men’s Mental Health Charity and Dundee FC Community Trust.

Paul arranged for a Rangers Fan to hold aloft a Celtic Scarf and vice versa. The former local MP at the time had us mentioned in House of Commons as part of a Early Day Motion.

 We also did one involving Dundee and Arbroath FC before the Covid Pandemic even though the match was cancelled. Dundee has the highest level of suicide deaths in Scotland which is why we decided we had to do something about it

A new Men’s Mental Health Group set up by the Former Co-Founders of the Walk and Blether Charity. We plan on walks and other events to help and support the Men who have Mental Health issues in Dundee and surrounding areas.

Getting mentioned in the Houses of Parliament

That this House recognises the Walk and Talk event taking place in Dundee on Friday 8 November 2019 to raise awareness of men’s mental health issues and suicide prevention; welcomes the efforts to draw attention to this important issue by organisers including Richard Peter-Tennant of Newport on Tay with support from the Scottish FA East Region, Dundee Football Club, Federation of DUSC, the Campaign Against Living Miserably and Andy’s Man Club, Dundee; notes the support of local businesses including the Balgay Bar and Asda, Kirkton, as well as support for the initiative from the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and Dundee Council; and hopes that by raising awareness the event will help reach out to those who may need assistance during a difficult time in their life.

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