A Belfast gym owner is helping those suffering with health issues by opening his space for free.
Tommy McVeigh runs Excel 121 a gym located in the Irish city of Belfast. McVeigh decided to allow anyone suffering with mental health problems from his local community to train for free every Sunday.
McVeigh said to Belfast Live: “Almost everybody has been affected or knows somebody that has been affected by suicide,” and continued “There have been too many people who have taken their own lives in the past few months. It is tragic and sad to see.”
“I just thought this would be a good idea to welcome people who are maybe struggling with their mental health to come into the gym and use our facilities.”
“People think exercise and training only improves your physical appearance, but it has so many benefits when it comes to your mind and mental health.”
“So we would welcome anyone interested to come in, use our gym and clear their mind. You can come in with a friend, have a chat at the coffee bar and speak to the staff who are only too willing to help.”
The initiative doesn’t require anything but a disclaimer form to be filled out, in which the person can remain anonymous if they choose.
“All we need is a standard health and safety form to be completed which is very simple,” added McVeigh. “It is very straightforward and anyone who comes in can remain anonymous if that’s what they wish.
“If this can help just one person, then it will be a success. We are proud to be part of our local community, so we want to help in any way we can.”
“Hopefully this encourages people to come in and work out in the gym. Or even just come in for a chat and socialise with the other people and staff.”
We think this is an amazing initiative to help destigmatize mental health issues and allow those suffering an outlet. Please share this article. Much love, Luke
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