Skater Ben Raemers’ Tragic Death Sparked a Mental Health Movement | Skating and Talking

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In May 2019, the skateboarding industry was left devastated by the news that British pro skater Ben Raemers had died by suicide at the age of 28. Ben’s approach to skateboarding – with his unique blend of transition and street skating – meant that he was one of a small number of British skaters to gain an international reputation over the past decade. In this film, friends and family reflect on Ben’s rise to US sponsorship, and the struggles that came later as his mental health deteriorated. His tragic death sparked a mental health reckoning within the skate community, with other pro-skaters now questioning their assumptions about mental health and sharing stories of their own. The Ben Raemers Foundation was founded in an attempt to end the stigma that prevents skaters from discussing mental health issues and to provide much-needed education about suicide prevention. You can find out more about The Ben Raemers Foundation and donate at www.thebenraemersfoundation.com Subscribe to The Ben Raemers Foundation: youtube.com/c/TheBenRaemersFoundation Follow The Ben Raemers Foundation on Twitter: twitter.com/Benraemers_fndn Follow The Ben Raemers Foundation on Instagram: instagram.com/thebenraemersfoundation If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or suicidal thoughts, help is available: Call Samaritans UK & ROI Hotline: 116 123 (free call from mobile and landline) Or call Mind on 0300 123 3393 or go to their website www.mind.org.uk Watch more like this: How Mental Illness Derailed the Career of a Promising Young Skateboarder www.youtube.com/watch?v=d09soDoUvaw&t=358s The Skateboard Hero Who Fought a Terrorist www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgZKoMJAO80 Click here to subscribe to VICE: bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE About VICE: The Definitive Guide To Enlightening Information. From every corner of the planet, our immersive, caustic, ground-breaking and often bizarre stories have changed the way people think about culture, crime, art, parties, fashion, protest, the internet and other subjects that don't even have names yet. Browse the growing library and discover corners of the world you never knew existed. Welcome to VICE. Connect with VICE: Check out our full video catalog: bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: vice.com More videos from the VICE network: www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/vice The VICE YouTube Network: VICE: www.youtube.com/VICE MUNCHIES: www.youtube.com/MUNCHIES VICE News: www.youtube.com/VICENews VICELAND: www.youtube.com/VICELANDTV Broadly: www.youtube.com/Broadly Noisey: www.youtube.com/Noisey Motherboard: www.youtube.com/MotherboardTV VICE Sports: www.youtube.com/NOC i-D: www.youtube.com/iDmagazine Waypoint: www.youtube.com/WaypointVICE

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