Two North Devon men are launching a new men’s mental health campaign as they prepare to climb Africa’s highest mountain.

Patrick and Richard were able to talk in the Everton Fan Zone about the campaign.Patrick and Richard were able to talk in the Everton Fan Zone about the campaign.

Patrick Weathers and Richard Evans will be climbing Kilimanjaro in August for Chasing the Stigma, a charity which aims to remove stigmas attached to mental illness and ensuring people can access the help they need.

In the mean time, Patrick and Richard have started the campaign #NotOKisOK to encourage people to talk about their own experiences, no matter how severe.

As two men who have suffered with mental health issues of varying degrees, they found there was a stigma around discussing those issues, and want to change that.

Patrick said: "Me and Rich aren't trying to change the world but it would be nice to help people in knowing how to respond and our underlying message is the importance of talking a bit more rather than waiting for the worst case scenario.

Patrick took part in an eight-hour spinathon at Studio 20 in Ilfracombe to raise funds.Patrick took part in an eight-hour spinathon at Studio 20 in Ilfracombe to raise funds.

Richard added: "As a human race we've evolved a lot over the years and it's mental health that now needs normalising.

"There seems to be a chasmic gap between being normal and suffering with mental health. We're trying to normalise it and say not OK is OK."

Money raised from the climb will go towards workshops in Devon to train people as Ambassadors of Hope.

The programme is a training course from Chasing the Stigma which focuses on how to talk about mental health, point people in the right direction for appropriate support and deal with a mental health crisis.

Patrick Weathers and Rich Evans on Snowdon.Patrick Weathers and Rich Evans on Snowdon.

The pair have been busy preparing and fundraising for the Kilimanjaro climb and have also been spreading the word about the campaign.

On Easter Sunday they travelled to Goodison Park to talk about #NotOkisOk before Everton's Premier League match against Manchester United, and got on the pitch at half-time for a headers and volleys challenge.

On Friday (May 17) they will be hosting a race night at The Cedars in Barnstaple to raise funds, with eight races on the night as well as spot prizes, a raffle and an auction.

For more information, visit notokisok.org, or to donate to Patrick and Richard, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/notokisok