Two friends have broken the record for the world’s longest hug to raise awareness for mental health.
Joe Snape and Will Jarvis, who have both experienced mental health problems and have seen others around them face similar issues, said their experiences fuelled their desire to tackle the world record attempt and raise money for mental health charity Mind.
Snape told Refinery29.uk: ‘We hoped that by holding each other for over 36 hours in public, we might demonstrate the importance of simply showing a friend that you are there for them.’
36 hours 36 minutes 36 seconds: Big up my brother Will&his brother Joe, this wknd they SMASHED the record for world’s longest hug for @MindCharity #hugsformentalhealth Buckets still filling at https://t.co/L9blonTJek pic.twitter.com/9EuZ1ov6uA
— Cam Jarvis (@cam_jarvis) June 25, 2018
According to the World Health Organization for each adult who takes their own life, there will have been 20 more attempts, demonstrating the need for increased mental health support.
By hugging in public for 36 hours, 36 minutes and 36 seconds, the friends sought to demonstrate the importance of support, friendship and kindness.
Leaders of an allotment scheme in South Shields plan to create a new programme for people with mental health problems.
According to the Shields Gazette, the Holder House Project’s vision is to help the community by extending their current scheme, which helps those with learning difficulties, to also include a new project to help people with mental health problems.
Chris Convery, the scheme’s manager said: ‘The project is very much in its infancy, but we have lots of plans going forward.’
We wish them all the best with their amazing project:https://t.co/ftHNqw5Zsu
— Shields Gazette (@shieldsgazette) June 27, 2018
‘We know there are a lot of people suffering with various forms of mental health, and we also know there is hardly anywhere for them to go to access support,’ he added.
‘Through the project, we are hoping to create a place where people can come, and we can help them build their self-esteem and confidence, as well as their overall health and wellbeing.’
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