There is one death by suicide every two hours in the UK.
It is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years and is considerably higher among men, with around three times as many dying as a result of suicide compared to women. Their is an ongoing crisis of young men committing suicide with men in the UK aged 20 to 49 more likely to die from suicide than any other cause of death.
Glenn Dixon was one of our own. A committed member of the famous Tyneside No1 CSC based at the Irish Centre in Newcastle. According to his Mum, Jill
“Celtic Park was his happy place.’
Glenn tragically took his own life in November, aged only 32.
Like many of us Glenn grew up far away from Celtic Park but was drawn there. He was born in Morpeth, Northumberland and attended Liverpool John Moores University. He got himself a degree in history, and then returned home. In an area with not the best job opportunities he struggled to find work for a while before settling down as a carer with Age UK. Often to be found laughing and joking, family and friends were unaware that Glenn was struggling with life and his good humour was indeed masking mental health problems. During last summer he was admitted to hospital and following assessment, plans were put in place to help Glenn deal with his mental health issues. Sadly before anything could be done Glenn took his own life.
Fanatical about Celtic and a regular attendee at as many games as possible when he wasn’t watching the Bhoys at Celtic Park, he could be found at the Irish Centre, surrounded by his many friends. In his honour, his family and friends are now helping to raise awareness of mental health issues, as well as raise funds for the Celtic FC Foundation and their local mental health support service, Tyneside and Northumberland Mind. They have arranged an eight-day walk this August, embarking on a 150-mile trek from the Tyneside Irish Centre to Celtic Park – a fitting tribute to Glenn’s life. Monies raised will be shared equally between the two nominated charities.
Glenn’s mother, Jill Dixon, said:
“Glenn was always happy, always laughing – the life and soul of the party. He managed to convince everybody that things were fine, but his mental health had been deteriorating. If we can try to prevent even one other person from taking their life and get them to seek help, and realise ‘actually I’m not okay’, then this will be worth it.”
The group will begin their walk on August 24 and aim to arrive at Celtic Park on August 31. The routes, with approximate times and distances have been posted on Facebook and Twitter to help volunteers decide how many days they are able to commit to. Some hardy souls will be walking the whole route – approximately 150+ miles. You can support their efforts by sponsoring a walker or making a donation HERE
The Celtic Football Club was formed by Andrew Kerins who is today better known by the religious name he took, Brother Walfrid, who was a member of the Irish Marist Brother religious order. The reason for the clubs existence was to raise money for the very poorest of the East End of Glasgow. These poor souls were the newly arrived Catholic Irish who lived in absolute poverty. Today we can all be proud to say that Celtic FC still retain those charitable traditions today through the Celtic FC Foundation.
A club like no other.
Help and support is out there…
- Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email email@example.com
- Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, you can text 07786 209697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111. C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any issues they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.
- Support After Suicide Partnership offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide.
R.I.P. GLENN DIXON