Councillor Michael Lilley


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Mayor of Ryde, Michael Lilley, will be hosting 2 events in the town this November as part of Men’s Mental Health Month.

1 in 3 men experience suicidal thoughts through stressful situations. Suicide is the biggest killer in men under 45. However, even those statistics could be underestimated, as men are less likely to report mental health illnesses or get a diagnosis. Men are 4 times less likely to seek help than women and 4 times more likely to commit suicide or enter acute services than women.

On Saturday 16th November, at Monkton Arts Café, Michael and his son Ben will be presenting a comedy night about father and sons entitled “Mayor and Son’s big night out”. They will talk about the importance of humour in fighting their own demons.

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Then, on Friday 22nd November, Councillor Lilley’s will host a second event at Ryde Castle raising money for Network Ryde and the Isle of Wight Youth Trust to support projects surrounding young men’s emotional well-being.

On the night a special showing of the iconic film The Italian Job will take place to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Michael will introduce the film and talk about his own struggles with depression and how seeing this film in Ryde in 1970 had a huge impact on me as a young man.

Mo Martin, the sister of the late writer and creator of the film, will talk about her memories of her brother making the iconic movie.

Mayor Lilley says:

“As Mayor of Ryde, I am focusing my charity appeal in my year of office on the emotional well-being of young people in Ryde.

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“In November, I am focusing in particular on the emotional well-being of young men to coincide with Men’s Mental Health Month. 80% of adults in long-term acute mental health services were identified as needing support as children but failed to get the support needed. We have to support people of all ages in need but if we focus on the young we will prevent and reduce the misery of severe mental health problems in the future.

“Ryde has the highest number of suicide attempts on the Island and as a Town we need to own this issue and start to get talking and more importantly get men and especially young men to start this month to chat. We have to blow the doors off the issue!”

Clare Cannock, IW Youth Trust CEO, says:

“We would like to thank the Mayor of Ryde for his support of the Youth Trust. We are delighted to see his efforts championing the mental health of young people in Ryde.”

Michael adds:

“Please stand with me in the Month of November, to raise awareness of Men’s Mental Health Month and support me to fight for stronger recognition of this issue on the Isle of Wight. Let’s get talking and save lives”.


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