Continuing the Flick of the Finger mental health awareness week, with another ‘Let’s Talk’ session.

Today, our Let’s Talk session is with Gavin Thorpe of Talk Club.

Talk Club is the fastest-growing men’s mental fitness movement in the UK, with 26 real-life groups meeting on a regular basis around the country and a growing online network.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Even before our current uncertain times, every week over 90 (NINETY) men take their own lives.

That number is now rising. A common contributory factor to suicide is isolation and suddenly, in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic, isolation has become unavoidable. Many men are encountering additional anxieties around the economy, their future, job losses and the fear of loved ones falling ill.

This is why Talk Club are trying to help. Co-founder and singer-songwriter Gavin Thorpe recently released a fundraising single ‘Soul to Save’ for Mental Health Awareness Week to raise awareness and funds for the initiative.

‘Soul to Save’ is a melodic acoustic song (think Cherry Ghost or Aqualung), with an incredibly positive message, ending with a huge gospel style choir consisting of existing Talk Club members that is sure to uplift. Directly inspired by Gavin’s experiences and the conversations he’s been part of at Talk Club, ‘Soul To Save’ features the lyric “Every time we talk I feel lighter”.

A ‘naked mix’ of the track, stripped back to just Strings and piano is available from today exclusively via Music Glue.

If we’ve learnt anything from this, it’s that taking goes a long way! Today we talk to Gavin,  in our next Let’s Talk session and here’s what he had to say.

What new things have you learnt since self-isolating and of these, what will you continue to do, when the lockdown is lifted?
As the founder of Talk Club it has been challenging to move our sessions online but we have all adjusted well. I am looking forward to meeting up with all the Tlk Club founders for a massive hug and a pint or two.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or done since lockdown?
We have done a few quiz nights and I have been doing a I’ve gig every Thursday night which has really lifted my spirits.

How has self-isolating effected your mental health?
I was doing really well but as of late I have low mood and felt it difficult to self motivate. I have also been drinking my booze than usual.

What have you done to help overcome this?
For me it is not a case of overcoming it but more a case of acceptance. I have been going running every other day and that has helped to keep the weight off.

Which friend or family member have you spoken with and how has it helped?
Mental fitness wise attending Talk Club sessions and talking to my co-founders by checking in each morning with How are you? Ou of ten?

What are you most looking forward to when things return back to normal?
I am looking forward to seeing my family again.

Can you tell us anything on future plans such as new music or tours/gigs?
Talk Club charity single is out now and I cannot wait to play the song live!

‘Soul To Save’ is out now via Distiller Records. Support and listen to the single here

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