Farmer lends his support to Movember


"People will always be there to judge, but there's one saying "it's better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six" - Mattie White

Farmer lends his support to Movember

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"People will always be there to judge, but there's one saying "it's better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six" - Mattie White

Mattie White - a farmer from Co. Wexford is aiming to raise €5,000 for Movember Foundation Ireland.

His main objective is to the face of men's health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer and break the stigma attached to suicide.

Taking to Facebook, Mattie White said: "I'm raising money for Movember Foundation Ireland and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps."

Personal story

The Wexford farmer shared his own story on Facebook on November 5th; the video - which has been shared worldwide - has gained in excess of 500,000 hits.

At the beginning of the video, Mattie said that depression; anxiety and suicide do not select a certain genre of people; a specific age group; colour or creed.

Growing up as a child, one of Mattie's family members struggled with their mental health and this, in turn, has had a profound impact on Mattie; in addition to this, Mattie has also faced with his own battle.

"A couple of years ago I ended up in a bank in a spot of bother. When I was a younger man when I took over the farm at first, I thought I was invincible."

"I thought there was nothing that I couldn't do and nothing that I couldn't handle. After a couple of hard years on the farm, things didn't really go the way I had hoped and they sort of backfired on me." Mattie said.

"I ended up owning the bank a few bob. I struggled on for a few years, but slowly but surely, I started developing these feelings that I was finding it harder and harder to cope with them until eventually, it came to a head."

One Friday evening, his wife Jackie - Mattie’s wife - walked into the bedroom and found him in the middle of a procedure which would have ended his life, if she did not walk into the room.

"She looked and me and said to me "what are you doing?" There were two words that she said to me and those two words were "your daughter"."

"At that moment, I stopped and said to myself "for God sake, would you ever pull yourself together”."

"I stood in a shed here another night, I just couldn't cope again, with a rope in my hand. I felt there was no one to talk to. Yet again, those words kept resonating back to my mind." Mattie explained.

Help

Mattie acknowledged the support he has received from his family and revealed that while he did attend counselling sessions, he did not find this beneficial and instead, he found comfort in talking to other men in his business.

Admitting that his family have had a challenging few years, his wife Jackie had to leave her job recently due to personal health reasons and she has "blossomed over the past couple of months", according to Mattie.

Reaching out

Mattie stressed the importance of asking for help and reaching out to other people.

"Suicide is not a coward's act; it is an act of personal aggression that a person takes because they no longer feel that they have a purpose here; that they no longer feel they have a reason to survive; they no longer feel that they are needed or wanted here."

"People will always be there to judge, but there's one saying "it's better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six"." Mattie White concluded.

More information

For more information, see here.


Image source: Movember Foundation \ Facebook and Mattie White \ Facebook.

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