A successful suicide prevention organisation has been given a boost after local pop royalty agreed to join the effort.

The Martin Gallier Project, based in New Ferry, have welcomed Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to their thriving team as an official ambassador for the initiative.

The project, which is fiercely dedicated to preventing suicides, breaking down stigmas and supporting families in the North West has gone from strength to strength since their inception in 2018.

OMD star Andy said: “I am very happy to help such a good cause. There is nobody in the world who at some stage has not had their lives touched by depression and anxiety, or supported loved ones struggling with these issues.

"The more that we can talk openly and honestly about the reasons why someone may consider ending their own life, the better we can assist by making everyone understand that there should be no judgement or stigma. Shine a light into the darkness and help dispel the pain that thrives on silence and fear.”

In February 2019 the team opened Wirral’s first and only suicide prevention centre offering face-to-face support to those considering suicide in a non-clinical setting with no barriers to access.

Following the implementation of lockdown measures, the project, which relies heavily on fundraising, suddenly found itself without many revenue streams.

Wirral FC stepped in to organise an online virtual music festival, raising over £2,000.

Passionate about mental health, Wirral resident Andy was only too happy to get involved with the festival which was greatly received by many of the project's followers and supporters.

CEO of The Martin Gallier Project Jessica Gallier told the Globe “We noticed very quickly that Andy’s involvement in the project struck a chord with one of our hardest to reach demographics - men over 40. We know that this age bracket of men are at significantly higher risk of taking their own life.

"Having Andy on board offers the most private of men the opportunity to give themselves the permission they feel they need to seek support. This has been invaluable and we’re excited to welcome him."

For more information about the project, visit gallierhouse.co.uk. Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 116 123, if you are in immediate danger you should always call 999.