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Episode 016 of the Looking Sideways action sports podcast is up!
This one is a special in memory of the legendary, much-loved and much-missed Nelson Pratt ahead of next week’s Nelson’s Tour De Test Valley.
I spoke to my old mucker Marcus Chapman about his work as a trustee for The CALMzone, and how this annual cycling sportive organised by Marcus and Chris Pratt in memory of Nelly raises vital funds for CALM, and helps to bring this sensitive issue into the spotlight.
We also discussed Nelly’s story to see how it might illuminate some of the wider issues around mental health.
A cathartic and emotional chat this, so hats off Marcus for being so open and honest, and for creating such an amazing legacy for Nelson.
Ride on Nelly! We miss you brother X

.. with that cash helping @theCALMzone field around 30,000 calls from men in distress, helping to prevent an estimated 1020 suicides.

…with suicide the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health issues at some point.

Some uncomfortable mental health stats I discovered while prepping this episode: 12 men a day take their own lives in the UK….