Becky Murdoch, chair of the foundation said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for WTF to convey the message that, though it might be difficult at times, it's ok to talk.
Through sport, and rugby in particular, we will be able to promote this message to those most at risk of suicide, boys and men between 15-45 who are 3 times as likely to take their own life than girls.
Will loved sport: as a player, a spectator and as a coach. Working with Ilkeston Rugby club will enable us to promote the values Will held dearly: fairness, sportsmanship, and teamwork, whilst building a playing community that is confident and comfortable when talking and listening.
We will never know why Will took himself out of the game when he took his own life but we do know that we will do everything in our power to prevent another young person feeling like suicide is their only option. By working with Ilkeston Rugby club, we will be nearer to reaching this aim."
Why Talking Fixes was set up in the aftermath of the death by suicide of young Will Garvey. Will was only 20 when he died, when he had so much to offer, and so much yet to experience. The family realised quite soon after Will’s death that they couldn’t sit by and not do something to prevent this happening again. So they plan to work with local charities, organisations, schools and youth groups to improve attitudes to mental health by implementing early intervention programmes. They aim to improve access to information for young people experiencing mental health issues and for those people who care for young people.