Manchester news "My mate took his own life and for years I blamed myself' Manchester united news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Robert William Craig, a former hockey player, had struggled with his mental health following an accident during a match

Manchester news "My mate took his own life and for years I blamed myself' Manchester united news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Robert William Craig, a former hockey player, had struggled with his mental health following an accident during a match

Manchester news "My mate took his own life and for years I blamed myself' Manchester united news
13 August 2022 - 17:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rob Craig had everything going for him. Family, friends, a partner who loved him, and an active lifestyle which revolved around the sport he loved and had played for most of his life - ice hockey. In a split second his life changed. The 30-year-old hit his head on a goalpost during a game, and his mental health visibly deteriorated. His moods got worse and worse. Just three weeks after the accident, he was found dead in an abandoned mill in Ramsbottom. Rob, who played for Wyre Seagulls and Blackburn Falcons teams, had taken his own life. For those left behind there was a world of painful emotion. Shock, grief - and guilt. Among those affected was Sam Calderbank, who had known Rob for 20 years. The men worked together at a greengrocer, where, after a few weeks off sick, Rob had been due to return. And when Rob didn't show up for work on the day as expected, Sam had an awful feeling that something was wrong. For years after the June 2017 tragedy, in a stark illustration of the devastating impact suicide can have, Sam blamed himself. "I know it’s not my fault, but he told me an awful lot more than anyone else," Sam says. "I did have my suspicions on that day about how he felt.” Recalling the moment he learned of Rob's death, Sam, 34, told the Manchester Evening News : “I think I already knew just because of things that had happened that day . "He said he was coming back to work that day – he was off for a few weeks because of depression and had a doctor's note. He said he felt fine but instead of coming back to work, he didn’t." Sam (pictured right) struggled to accept Rob's tragic death (Image: Sam Calderbank) Suicide is the leading cause of death of men under 50. Inspired by Rob's memory, Sam now wants to help other young men in crisis. “It’s very difficult," he added. "Personally, I felt like I could have stopped him. Looking back in hindsight – probably not. I punished myself for a long time; for maybe two years I blamed myself. “I would say he struggled with his mental health for about 12 months, but looking back, we realised it was probably longer than that. No one knew about it; at the time he had been quite withdrawn." In September, Sam, from Middleton, will cycle 874 miles from John o’ Groats to to Lands' End in Scotland before going on to climb the highest mountain in every country in the UK. Don't suffer in silence Samaritans (116 123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch. For support for people feeling suicidal, if you are concerned about someone or if you are bereaved by suicide see http://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They're open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

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. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief. www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill. PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/ Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org For information and links to charities and organisations that can help with substance abuse, visit https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/drugs/ The challenge is in aid of Andy’s Man Club, a charity committed to reducing the number of suicides among young men. “I am a bit nervous,” Sam continued. “With the summer holiday and kids, it’s hard to find time to get out, especially for more than a couple of hours. “I’ve done big trips before; I’ve cycled round the coast of Wales and last year I cycled to Cornwall and back on my own. But this one is slightly longer compared to what I’ve done before.” Sam predicts the challenge will take around 20 days to complete. Rob's aunt, Adriana Craig, told the M.E.N Rob's loved ones had been shocked at his deterioration. The 52-year-old, from Radcliffe, said: “"He had an accident playing hockey and that seemed to change his behaviour and he went into depression. He was never the same. "It wasn't a serious injury to that degree, I think it just shocked everyone how downhill he went." To donate, follow the link by clicking here. READ NEXT: Revamped city centre hub to play 'crucial' role in mission to end youth homelessness by 2037 Awe-inspiring 93 year-old 'adrenaline junkie' grandma abseils down Etihad for charity The pandemic blighted the mental health of people in the north more than anywhere else, says new report The DWP Access to Work scheme for health conditions explained Dad's heartbreaking message to students after he lost his daughter to suicide just days after Covid lockdown announcement

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