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Local men’s mental health service releases Christmas single to support of men in crisis


The Cornermen – an Oxfordshire-based men’s mental health and suicide prevention service – has released a Christmas single to raise awareness and funds for the vital work it does supporting men in crisis, averaging five interventions a day in the local community.

Available to stream and download from 01 December 2023, every penny from the single ‘You Got Someone in Your Corner’ will go directly towards helping men get back on track.

Co-founder of The Cornermen and lead-singer John Houston says: “Christmas is a peak time for loneliness and suicide, and we hope the new single will raise awareness of the professional advice on offer to men who are struggling, and that they will get in touch”.

The Cornermen allows men to explore issues through boxing workouts or simply walking in the countryside with a trained professional. Founded in November 2022 and based at South Moreton Boxing Club near Wallingford. It has helped almost 90 men over the past year.

John continues: “Our band started as a bit of fun and quickly became a great way to start conversations around the support service and what it does.

“Most of the songs address issues we all have, grief, loneliness, anxiety. The most rewarding thing is when guys listen to the music and then – as a direct result – come in to use the service”.

Watch the ‘You Got Someone in Your Corner’ video.

The namesake band – The Cornermen www.thecornermenmusic.com – was formed by John Houston with boxing club members Tom Dalby and Nick Bentley. The band played 15 gigs over the summer months, including the O2 Academy in Oxford, and released 14 singles.

Band video shoot
Band video shoot

‘You Got Someone in Your Corner’ has also been adopted by The Oxfordshire Toy Bank as the official anthem for their 2023 Christmas campaign, collecting and distributing thousands of toys to underprivileged children in Oxfordshire.

Visit the The Cornermen website for more info on the support service.

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