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Man stress website launched by three Norfolk friends to share their mental health struggles

PUBLISHED: 11:10 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 13 March 2018

Richard Crisp. Photo: Sharp Comms

Richard Crisp. Photo: Sharp Comms

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Three friends from Norfolk who have all experienced struggles with mental health have launched website to offer advice to others suffering in a similar way.

Man Stress – founded by Richard Crisp, of Watlington, near King’s Lynn – is described as a forum where people can contribute without fear of ridicule, derision or stigmatisation.

Many of the articles posted on www.manstress.co.uk - have been written by Mr Crisp and the platform’s co-creators Paul Charnock, of Norwich, and Stuart Walton, of Great Yarmouth.

Readers can submit their own articles – anonymously if they prefer – and can find details of organisations offering advice.

Married father-of-one Mr Crisp, 64, an auditor in the construction industry, said: “Throughout my life whenever my brain sensed I was under attack it was automatically triggering a series of completely irrationally and crazy behaviour patterns in an attempt to protect me.

“So I went in search of some answers which, initially, was difficult because I didn’t have a clue what question to ask. But slowly, by attending lectures, reading, listening to CDs and browsing the internet I began to find answers and solutions to these ridiculous behaviour patterns.

“I discovered so much about the mechanics of the human mind that I felt compelled to put pen to paper in the hope that I might help others deal with their own but unique internal struggles.”

Mr Crisp, who in 2015 self-published a book documenting his mental health battles on Amazon, said the trio would write “openly and honestly” about their struggles.

“As a general rule men are conditioned not to talk openly about internal struggles and this is one of the major contributors to us developing extremely unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening mental and physical health problems,” he said.

Mr Charnock, 36, a web designer, said: “I’m proud to be part of this new venture, tackling the silent killer of men, stress.”

Mr Walton, 52, a freelance writer, said: “I’m excited about being brutally honest with my struggles and what I’ve done to save myself and my family from me and my subconscious. The past four years have been challenging and I don’t want anyone to suffer like I have.”

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