Student life: Roman Kemp gives moving mental health advice to Ormskirk students

Roman Kemp joined a line-up of psychological well being consultants to talk to the scholars

Television and radio star Roman Kemp gave a transferring account of his personal experiences of battling with psychological well being throughout a particular occasion hosted by Edge Hill University.

Roman gave a candid first-hand account of his psychological well being journey and mirrored on the devastating lack of his radio producer greatest good friend Joe Lyons to suicide in August final 12 months, an expertise which impressed him to pursue his emotional BBC documentary Our Silent Emergency.

The documentary moved tens of millions of viewers to tears throughout the UK when it aired earlier this 12 months because it explored the psychological well being and suicide disaster gripping younger males throughout the UK.

Roman stated: “I misplaced my greatest good friend, my brother, my colleague…the happiest particular person I knew to suicide and it’s probably the most horrible factor that I’ve ever been by means of in my life. The realisation that you’ll by no means see your good friend ever once more and that you just by no means understood the damage that that they had of their life is much worse than having a dialog together with your good friend and annoying them by repeatedly asking whether or not or not they’re OK.

“I got down to make the documentary to point out that suicide isn’t one thing that may be a drawback for males having a ‘midlife disaster’, sadly it’s getting youthful and youthful. I wished to determine for myself what occurred to my good friend.

“Since the age of 15 years outdated after I was recognized with scientific despair…there’s been moments the place I’ve been on the lowest doable level. I’ve probably the most privileged life you may think about, I’ve nothing seemingly improper with my life, however I nonetheless obtained to some extent the place my life was not value residing. I felt like I shouldn’t be right here anymore, and I felt like I wished the whole lot to cease.

“Everyone has this concept that celebrities don’t endure and if the influential folks we see on Instagram are speaking about massive topics corresponding to this, it may well make an enormous distinction. Anyone with that kind of platform, I’d implore them to do the identical.”

Roman is now a patron of the psychological well being charity Joes Buddy Line, which was arrange in legacy of his good friend Joe. The charity goals to offer emotional and psychological well being help for varsity kids throughout England and Wales.

He joined a line-up of psychological well being consultants for an open and trustworthy dialog about psychological well being, together with Andy Smith, a Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill.

Prof Smith has been on the forefront of ground-breaking analysis in sport, schooling and psychological well being together with the award-winning psychological well being programme Tackling the Blues delivered in partnership between Edge Hill University, Everton within the Community and Tate Liverpool to advertise younger folks’s psychological well being in schooling by means of sports activities, bodily exercise and the humanities.

He stated: “Over half of all signs of psychological sickness, excluding dementia, are first skilled by the age of 14. So, it’s actually vital that we start to deal with psychological well being and psychological sickness amongst kids and younger folks in colleges, in our communities, universities and schools.

“At a easy stage, psychological well being is everybody’s duty and if we take that duty critical it would profit not solely ourselves however everybody…and hopefully we are going to discover ourselves in a significantly better place than we do now.”

Prof Smith’s experience has additionally been central to the work of the Rugby League Cares Offload programme, which resulted in 78% of males reporting feeling extra conscious of find out how to take care of their well being and wellbeing.

Former offload participant Kev Smith had battled psychological well being and despair for plenty of years. Joining the Rugby League Cares acclaimed males’s psychological health venture allowed him to study from present and former gamers the methods they use to have the ability to handle his personal psychological and bodily health.

Kev stated:

“The hardest half was taking that first step by means of the door. After that, you may take your masks off and be who you actually are in entrance of the folks in that room. In there you’re not alone, there are different folks there who’ve been by means of the identical issues. As a person, it’s exhausting having to clarify to folks what you’re going by means of and to confess you’ve got an issue. Thanks to the Offload programme I’m now 10 years sober and have gotten a household of my very own with my spouse and kids. I’ve obtained one thing to stay for.”

Other panellists included Olivia Izzo, an Edge Hill pupil mentor on the Tackling the Blues programme who’s encouraging kids and younger folks to open up about their psychological well being by means of the humanities and sport; and sportspeople who’ve battled with their very own psychological well being.

Chairing the occasion was Mike Salla, Director of Health and Sport at Everton within the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club. Mike oversees a broad vary of psychological well being particular initiatives and is main on the event of The People’s Place; a purpose-built psychological well being hub adjoining to Goodison Park.

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