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Man Down Cornwall

1654. Ross Jackson-Hicks

Ross Jackson-Hicks, from Cornwall, is a hairdresser and founder of ‘Man Down Cornwall’, a male support group that runs fortnightly sessions in 18 locations across Cornwall.

Ross Jackson-Hicks

Ross, who has struggled with mental ill health and addiction, created the group out of frustration at being told to ‘man up’ and as a way of giving men an emotional outlet with their peers. ‘Man Down Cornwall’ organise walks, talks, activities, evening events and breakfast meet ups, as well as hosting events and challenges that raise awareness of the group and bring men together to help each other work through their issues and concerns.

Ross said:

“I’m absolutely over the moon to have been chosen to receive this award.

“It’s very much appreciated to be recognised for all the great things our organisation is doing for the men of Cornwall.

“This award has given me a huge amount of inspiration and extra drive to continue doing what we do, to work towards reducing the number of men taking their own lives here in our beautiful county.”

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