With much talk in the news and media about how mental health and social support is needed, there is clearly a massive need to take action. Alan Hayes and Marcus Walters, qualified therapists from Therapy Partners came up with the idea of a support group/movement for men – Men2.
Why? Because the facts are shocking!
In the UK, the highest suicide rate was for men aged 45-49
In the UK, men are three times as likely to take their own lives than women
Suicide is still the single biggest killer of young British men
What makes Men2 different?
- Facilitated by professionally qualified and trained therapists experienced in running therapeutic groups
- Run by men, for men
- Mental Health First Aid experts
- People with first-hand experience of similar challenges
- Passionate about enabling men to have their voice heard in a safe environment
- Educational, practical talks on subjects including relationships, addiction, mental health, domestic violence and self-esteem
Who is Men2 for?
Men who have experienced mental health issues or are facing challenges are encouraged to attend to share their stories, inspire others, or get out of the house and socialise with like-minded people. In these uncertain times, it’s important for men to talk.
Men are all too often taught we don’t talk, we don’t want to drop our mask and let people know our fears and problems, we often suppress emotions, we become someone who we don’t even know.
We want local communities to break this cycle, to encourage men that it’s OK to talk, to let our fellow men know we are here, and we are in this together. All it takes is 2 Men to start a conversation.
It has helped me to catch up with other men, who understand how I’m feeling. Friendships have been made.
It feels like a safe place where you can be open and not judged by others.
It’s a group that allows reassurance and support. A safety net, if you like. Somewhere that you can take your feelings and be understood and supported.
When does Men2 meet?
The Kent-based group meet every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm at the Maidstone Community Support Centre.
Men of all ages attend the meetings and members can also join an active WhatsApp group and a private Facebook community group.
Information about other local groups or online meetings will be updated here.
Complete the form below if you’re interested in joining the group.
Contact us if you need help.