Metal for Life NI News

Belfast Marathon
October 2021

Just want to acknowledge the incredible effort of Gary Blayney in completing the Belfast Marathon yesterday in 3h 34 minutes. Looks like a happy man in these pics taken at the end of the run. We are honoured that Gary has been fundraising for our charity, Metal for Life NI. Thank you for all the donations so far.

Gary's GoFundMe page is now closed but you can still donate through our official PayPal Giving Fund - .

If doing so, please add Gift Aid at no extra cost to you, and add a comment to say that you are supporting Gary.

Gary, from the bottom of our hearts thank you so, so much.

Hawk Walks NI Events 26 June 2021


Just getting round to thanking a few people following the successful completion of our project, “Back in Black”, in which we addressed social anxiety through peer group discussion, learning tools to challenge negative thinking and promote self-care. Our project was topped with 2 amazing days out at Breckenhill Activity Centre with Hawk Walks NI.


The weather was beautiful both weekends, we had many laughs, definitely overcame a few fears and everyone has some incredible memories to keep us smiling for a long time to come.


Many thanks to Impact Network NI  for funding our “Back In Black” project, to Amber Catering & Cakes  for feeding us so well, to Breckenhill for welcoming a crowd of metalheads onto their beautiful estate, and to David and Jo from Hawk Walks Falconry Experiences N.I  for allowing us to spend time with their stunning birds of prey and making us feel so relaxed.


Until next time, thank you all so much!

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WrathaStorm Bespoke Jewellery

26 May 2021

WrathaStorm has made a limited number of stunning jewellery pieces to raise funds for Metal for Life NI.

These intricately hand-crafted pieces, featuring guitar / bass strings, silver, copper and precious stones, are complemented by a

silver Metal for Life NI brand tag.

All pieces are unique and when they're gone, they're gone!

With massive thanks, love and respect to Marlene at WrathaStorm for very generously donating all proceeds to Metal for Life NI.

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Metal for Life NI providing support on-line

April 9, 2020

Strange times. During the Coronavirus lockdown, Metal for Life NI have seamlessly moved our peer support groups on-line. This means that we can keep in touch with our clients and provide much needed support. It has been great to be able to discuss the challenges we face and stave off the isolation. For more information on Metal for Life Ni support groups, contact us!

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NEW Multi-Functional Wraps available in our shop

July 14, 2020

Our new Metal for Life NI Wraps are
stretchy multi-functional tubes for use as a face covering, neck warmer, bandana, balaclava, beanie, headband and more.
Great for metallers, bikers, hikers and runners and are available in our shop!


Axe-throwing at The Mill, Portadown

January 31, 2020

We had an amazing day out at The Mill. Who knew axe throwing could be such good craic!

The crew at The Mill are very professional and great guys - they even played music we like! The setting is perfect and we can't recommend it highly enough. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us - it was a pleasure to share our time with you, as always. Huge thanks to all our drivers and everyone who went out of their way to be there and help us organise things. Awesome day!

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Acid Reign hits Belfast

December 30, 2019

We were delighted to join Acid Reign as they toured with their long-awaited, fantastic new album, "The Age of Entitlement". We joined them in Voodoo, Belfast on 8th December 2019, where they were supported by Scimitar and Acid Age. We had a great night with lots of support and donations, including front-man H's shirt, which was auctioned off the raise some funds for our charity. We're looking forward to seeing Acid Reign back in Dublin in May 2020!

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Reasons to Stay Alive!

July 7, 2019

We are delighted to have been awarded funding from South Antrim Community Network to raise awareness and continue support of mental health. Our funding this year allows us to enhance our peer support groups with beneficial support materials, including the immensely inspirational Matt Haig book, “Reasons to Stay Alive”. To support our attendees’ well-being, we are also giving away some stunning little Metal for Life branded notebooks and pens, perfect for keeping journals, notes or reminders. There are lots of other freebies, too!

Our Matt Haig / Metal for Life packs are only available to peer support group members, so be sure to join us at one of our upcoming sessions. If you haven’t registered already, please contact us. 🤘

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Raising awareness at Antrim Grammar

September 17, 2019

We all have mental health and therefore anyone has the possibility of having mental ill health. Gillian was at Antrim Grammar School this week talking about suicide awareness and prevention, supportive ideas for those who are struggling with mental ill health and how we can all help people who are struggling. Key points were:

• Mental ill health can happen to anyone and is very often treatable and recoverable
• We all need to start respecting it and handling it in the same way as physical illness
• There are lots of ways a person can take small positive steps to improving their mental health
• Support is available in many forms: medical, professional, charity, voluntary organisations, family and friends
• We can all learn how to support others who need help with their mental health.
• It’s never too late to start down the road to recovery.

We would like to thank Mr McKee and the staff and students at Antrim Grammar for helping us raise awareness of mental ill health. It’s great to see the school take mental health and suicide prevention seriously by building it into their Learning for Life programme. Let’s hope it is the first of many opportunities to talk and learn how we can improve mental health for everyone.🤘❤️

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30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

17 September, 2019

Metal for Life NI Trustee Chris Mulholland will be attending the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention this week, along with Families Voices Forum. This is a fantastic opportunity for Chris to meet up with experts and those with lived experience, through a 5-day programme of keynote sessions, presentations, workshops, posters, exhibitors and discussions.
We’d like to wish Chris and all other delegates all the best this week, in what will be an emotive congress but one filled with hope. Good luck, everyone!

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Mental Health Podcast - Talking Bollocks with H from Acid Reign

30 August, 2019

We’re delighted to share this with you today! It’s is a mental health special Talking Bollocks podcast by Howard Smith, H from Acid Reign, who talks passionately and expressively about mental health. H has collected together some honest and inspiring conversations about important issues with musicians; Jason from Akercocke (00:04:00) and Ol Drake from EVILE (01:29:00).
Gillian and Gareth from Metal for Life NI have a fantastic chat with H about some of the things that matter to us, how to get support for your mental health and how we can help each other out (from 00:38:00 minutes).
Please also have a listen to Paul McMonnies talking from 02:01:00 about DaniBloodstock Festival and Metal for Life, along with the great service that the Samaritans provide in helping callers and also supporting their volunteers. It’s a long recording, but honestly, it’s incredibly inspiring to hear these guys talking about their own experiences and we urge you to give it a listen and share it, too 🤘
We have a lot of love and respect for H and are really looking forward to meeting him along with Acid Reign in Voodoo, Belfast, 8th December.

Please note: Metal for Life NI is constituted and listed as a Charity, pending approval from the Charity Commission 😀

Also note: We refer to the Lifeline throughout this interview, which is only available in Northern Ireland. There are many incredibly supportive organisations and groups throughout the UK and Ireland. Wherever you are, if you need help finding support, give us a shout and we’ll try our best to help you.
Remember, as Paul says in the podcast (02:24:50), services like Lifeline and Samaritans are not just for people who are suicidal. They are confidential, impartial, listening services, even for people who are just having a bad day, and also for people who are concerned about someone else.
Don’t leave it too late ❤️🤘

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Bluebird Counselling NI

May 19, 2019

Bluebird Counselling NI, run by Joanne Hudson, is offering a discount on private counselling for members of Metal for Life NI.
As well as being a friend and colleague of Metal for Life NI, Joanne is highly qualified and experienced, approachable and non-judgemental. We cannot recommend her enough.
If you or someone you know is interested in one-to-one counselling, please contact Joanne for more information. 🤘

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Metal for Life NI at Bloodstock

August 10, 2019

What a huge success the Bloodstock Festival has been for Metal for Life! The organisation and effort put into this festival is exceptional. We are eternally grateful to Simon Hall for having us over, for all the love and support, and for looking after the team so well, along with the amazing Newblood crew. Thanks also to Paul McMonnies for his support along with the Bloodstock crew and security teams. We are immensely grateful to all the bands who supported us and called to see us throughout the weekend, including all our mighty local friends: Special thanks also to Countless Skies and Evil Scarecrow for their love and support.
Huge thanks to every single Bloodstocker who offered support, donated or bought merch! Your support helps to keep fighting the stigma around mental illness. Please keep spreading the word about Metal for Life by sharing us on social media and telling your mates. It could make a massive difference to someone's life. We salute you all and hope to see you again 🤘

Gillian and Ahti also acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the Metal for Life NI volunteers throughout the festival. The weekend was a massive success and that is down to 4 stellar people: Joanne Hudson, Neal McMenamin, Gareth Ruddock and Chris Mulholland. It took huge commitment to move all our gear across the water, keeping everything secure and well organised. These guys have the compassion and dedication to represent our fight against mental illness and we couldn't ask for a better team. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.
We are also indebted to everyone who took the time to remember Dani and the tragic reason why Metal for Life exists. Your love and support give us the determination to help people when they need it most. Thank you all so much. Metal for Life ❤️🤘

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Celebrating 10 years with By Any Means

July 26, 2019

What a fantastic turnout to celebrate 10 years of riffs with 3 great sets from Gravepath , No Great Loss and the mighty By Any Means. We'd like to thank Paul and the BAM guys for generously allowing us to fund-raise and to everyone who donated and bought merch, raising a staggering sum to help support our cause. Thanks for a great night, everyone. Here's to the next 10 years 🤘❤️

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Metal for Life NI Annual General Meeting

July 6, 2019

It was a big day for the Metal for Life Trustees. Being able to hold our first Annual General Meeting was a massive step for us and we were delighted to be able to share what we have done over the last year with our members. We hope that our presentation instilled confidence in how we run our charity, showing our passion and our commitment to providing the best possible service we can. Here are some of the slides we presented today.

In the short time that we have been around, it has been great to see many people making positive changes in their lives and it’s been a privilege to walk with them and help even in some small way.

On behalf of us all at Metal for Life NI, thank you all for your support and encouragement. Here’s to more support groups, gigs and events.

Metal for Life! ❤️🤘

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Botanic Gardens Day

June 1, 2019

The Metal for Life Support group was held in the sunny and beautiful Botanic Gardens, Belfast, this week. A great chance for new people to come along and meet us!

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