Humphries supporting the ‘Chasing Stigma’ mental health campaign.

World champion Luke Humphries is supporting Liverpool charity ‘Chasing the Stigma’ ahead of this week’s BetMGM Premier League action in the city.

Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena will host night 13 of the darts roadshow on Thursday 25 April as the biggest names in world darts continue to compete for the prestigious title.

Humphries currently top the table with four league nights remaining, having made it three consecutive night wins at Brighton, Nottingham and Dublin earlier in the season.

The world number one, who will be hoping to return to winning ways at the Merseyside venue, has spoken openly about his mental health journey over the past few years, having overcome his own adversity to become the leading player in the ‘sport, and has shown his support for the ‘Chasing the stigma‘.

Everyone’s struggles are different, but we all go through it and we all try to handle it as best we can.” Humphries said, reflecting on her mental health journey.

I am proud of the way I fought the demons in my head. Talk to the people closest to you, they are the people who are there in the most difficult times.

It’s important to open up about the issue and talk about it because I feel like it hasn’t been talked about enough. I went out and talked to the right people and now I stand here as a world champion.

Chasing the stigma is a national mental health charity with a mission to remove the stigma associated with mental health.

Chasing the Stigma aims to create a society where people feel as comfortable talking about their mental health as they do their physical health, and where everyone can find the right support before they reach a crisis point.

The charity operates the Hope Centerthe UK’s largest and most comprehensive directory of community mental health services, with support filters including anxiety, depression, gambling addiction, bereavement and more.

Ben Williams, Director of Commercial and Business Development at M&S ​​Bank Arena said: Our goal is to make our audience and staff aware that help is available.

Everyone has their own mental health journey, but it’s well known that men are statistically more reluctant than women to seek help when struggling.

Although mental health is being talked about more than ever, there is still a lot of work to be done to remove the stigma surrounding it.

Jake Mills, founder and CEO of Chasing the Stigma said: The Hub of Hope is more than just another mental health app, it’s a gateway to recovery and support.

If you or a loved one is struggling with any mental health issue, we encourage you to start with the Hope Center to find the most readily available support near you, when you need it.

There is always help and there is ALWAYS hope.

With over 149,000 local, regional, grassroots and national services currently listed, the Hub of Hope is the UK’s go-to mental health support signposting tool.

It includes a Need Help Now feature that allows you to speak directly to Samaritans or access text message support via the ShoutCrisis text line.

The ACC Liverpool Group, which runs the M&S Bank Arena, has adopted the Hub of Hope as its official mental health signage tool for staff and has trained many of its staff as Hope Ambassadors.

Ben Williams added: Although mental health is being talked about more than ever, there is still a lot to be done to remove the stigma surrounding it.

We are committed to supporting the positive wellbeing of our staff and encouraging good mental health practice, and have adopted the Hub of Hope as the official mental health signposting tool for our workforce.

Starting the conversation is an important first step in supporting good mental health and a happy and healthy workplace.

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