Liam Gallagher has spoken out about losing loved ones to suicide as part of a campaign encouraging men to talk about their mental health.
The Oasis frontman and now solo star has released his latest single Too Good For Giving Up to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
He has teamed up with Talk Club to share the song’s message and is set to answer questions about mental health through the charity’s Twitter account.
“We all know someone affected by suicide, which sadly seems to be at an all-time high,” Gallagher said. “I’ve lost many people far too early and it’s important to talk. I’m really pleased to be able to help in any way with this song.”
UK profits from the song will be donated to Talk Club for six months.
In the track, Gallagher sings: “Remember you belong here as much as anyone / Even when you’re just about to break.”
Ahead of the song’s video premiering, the star shared a photo of himself on Instagram, asking fans: “How are you? Out of 10?”
The video, featuring actor David Jonsson (Industry) and filmed in Manchester, Gallagher’s home city, aims to capture the daily struggle of depression.
“Gorgeous song and gorgeous music video,” one fan commented on Instagram. “Thank you Liam for talking about this cause, this subject that is so important.”
“Some people might need it more than even they realise,” another wrote.
Talk Club founders Ben Akers and Gavin Thorpe say the track has encouraged fans to discuss their own experiences with mental health issues.
“Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and Liam is a hero to many of that generation,” they said. “So to be collaborating with him on something that raises the awareness of Talk Club, and gets men talking and improving their mental fitness, will save lives.”
Talk Club provides a male community of talking groups, sports clubs and therapy with the aim of preventing suicide.
Gallagher will take over the charity’s Twitter account to discuss mental health issues for an hour from 11am on Thursday 13 October.
Talk Club is among a number of charities, including Samaritans, which can help people struggling to cope.
Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK