“Please Stay With Us” – The Heartwarming Mental Health Message Behind the 12 Dips Challenge

Written by Olly Lewis

In a stirring display of solidarity and resilience, participants from near and far converged along the picturesque South Wales coast for the 3rd Annual 12 Dips Challenge.

Against the backdrop of Hornton Bay, over 50 men and women embarked on a symbolic journey, each dip representing the sobering statistic of 12 male lives lost to suicide every day in the UK.

From the crack of dawn until the late afternoon, the challenge unfolded as a testament to their unwavering commitment to mental health advocacy.

As participants braved the cold waters, they did so not only in pursuit of personal triumph but also to amplify the crucial message: you are not alone.

Throughout the challenge, camaraderie flourished, and no one faced the waves in solitude. In every dip, in every moment of struggle, there was a reassuring hand to hold, a comforting presence to lean on. This collective support served as a powerful reminder that reaching out for help is an act of courage, not weakness.

Life, much like the 12 dips, presents its own set of challenges. Yet, as participants pushed through each wave, they embodied the resilience and fortitude needed to overcome adversity. Some chose to dip only a few times, emphasising the importance of self-care and the recognition that it’s okay to take breaks and seek rest.

Although the 12 dip challenge is finished for another year, its impact reverberates far beyond the coastal shores.

It stands as a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of community, and a rallying cry for mental health awareness.

In a world where struggles often go unnoticed and voices remain unheard, the 12 Dips Challenge serves as a reminder: together, we are stronger.

In the face of adversity, in the depths of despair, remember that you are not alone. Reach out, ask for support, and know that there are hands waiting to help you weather the storm. As the challenge concluded, ‘Lads and Dads’ reaffirmed its commitment to changing the narrative surrounding mental health, challenging the “man up” stigma and advocating for open dialogue and support.

Additionally, cold water therapy, such as that experienced during the dips, has been shown to have numerous benefits, including the release of endorphins, which can help improve mood and reduce stress, further highlighting the holistic approach to mental well-being embraced by the challenge.

Remember, although it may be difficult at times, reaching out is a courageous step, and you are capable of overcoming any obstacle that stands in your way.

Lads and dads is committed to raising awareness and low in the statistics of the 12 men a day and although we’re already looking forward to next year’s challenge we are hoping the number of dips can be lowered to represent far fewer men taking their own lives.

To reach out or to learn more, visit Lads & Dads | Men’s Mental Wellbeing | Bridgend, South Wales (ladsanddads.org) or join the group’s Facebook page.