Kai and Andrew set off to stroll to Land’s Finish final yr (Image: Andrew Feeney)
36-year-old Andrew Feeney’s life modified dramatically a yr in the past.
*TRIGGER WARNING: This text comprises express description of a suicide try, habit, psychological sickness, and child loss.*
The mechanic from Glasgow suffered a psychological breakdown and took an overdose, waking up in hospital nonetheless feeling as if he had nothing to reside for.
Andrew went dwelling and put a gun in his mouth, prepared to finish his life.
He advised Metro.co.uk: ‘I had misplaced 7 members of my household, I misplaced my dwelling, stopped seeing my children, my relationship broke down, and I used to be advised I had misplaced a child.
‘I ended up with drug and alcohol habit making an attempt to cease the voices nevertheless it didn’t – I needed to – and will solely do it once more by preventing actually for my life.’
The proud dad admitted himself into hospital, however bought into an altercation with one other affected person after they stole a few of his possessions. After that, he was discharged and refused additional remedy. For Andrew, this was a all-time low second.
‘I struggled every day, and it was sitting with my uncle Andy (who has lately handed away) I got here to the conclusion I’d go for a stroll to boost consciousness for males’s psychological well being and child loss, as strolling was serving to my thought course of,’ says Andrew.
He set off from Glasgow along with his canine Kai, with the purpose of strolling from the Scottish city to Land’s Finish in Cornwall.
Andrew on Ben Nevis with remembrance T-shirts for his niece Summer season, and cousins Kobi and Kian, all sadly born asleep (Image: Andrew Feeney)
Beginning a Fb group referred to as Andrew’s Journey, he managed to satisfy up with supporters on the way in which, sharing his story and them sharing theirs.
As soon as he reached Wigan, Andrew needed to attend hospital because of a leaking coronary heart valve he has, they usually instructed him to cease there after which, however do it the next yr.
Though, because of Covid-19, this hasn’t been in a position to occur but, it hasn’t stopped Andrew turning his life round and doing all he can to assist others.
He says: ‘Once I began strolling south I by no means thought for a second it might develop the help it did, and that I’d additionally discover folks reaching out to me to assist them with their psychological well being.
Andrew’s daughters and Kai prepared to bop the Macarena on a toy enchantment Fb Dwell (Image: Andrew Feeney)
‘We’ve got common contact with folks fighting psychological well being points and persevering with to help them and their households.’
Though they don’t seem to be a registered charity, the group helps elevate cash and consciousness for different charities, and provides ad-hoc help to those that attain out.
Andrew has been serving to a person referred to as Barry (and his horse Barney) on their very own sponsored stroll from Land’s Finish to John o’ Groats – which has raised over £8,000 – and have been publicising Forth Valley Radio’s Christmas Toy Drive in order that kids throughout the Central Belt will get presents this festive season.
He provides: ‘Popping out of lockdown, we will likely be trying to begin strolling remedy teams travelling to completely different locations and involving as many as attainable – and due to our sponsorship with Craghoppers we are able to present everybody with what they want for the day.’
Debbie and Andrew have rekindled their romance, and are quickly to have a child collectively (Image: Andrew Feeney)
The Andrew’s Journey group now has virtually 7,000 followers, with folks from throughout the UK fundraising and doing what they’ll to consolation these in want.
Though Andrew’s personal psychological well being journey isn’t but over, since beginning the web page he’s managed to get again on his toes – together with beginning a brand new relationship with a girl referred to as Debbie who’s now pregnant along with his seventh little one.
Talking about Debbie, Andrew says: ‘We first met six years in the past however separated for quite a lot of years.
‘We’ve got at all times maintained a friendship and after I was at my lowest she was nonetheless there ready to supply help. We began seeing one another once more final yr.
‘It has been troublesome for Debbie to be taught the brand new damaged me, however I really like her and Debdeb loves me, so we will likely be okay.’
He provides: ‘I nonetheless fear I’m not ok and don’t deserve what I’ve bought and the way my life goes, however I’ve bought to take heed to Debbie and my children that I’m value it; take heed to those that actually love me unconditionally.’
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