Men’s Mental Health
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50. Nationally and locally 75% of those that die by suicide are men, with the highest numbers being 45-54 years of age. In Cheshire & Merseyside approximately 150 local men take their own lives every year. This is a tragedy for the person and for all those bereaved.
Cheshire & Merseyside has some of the most deprived areas of the country where residents face many challenges, and we know that men living in the most deprived areas are up to ten times more at risk of suicide than those living in more affluent areas.
Our Vision is that ‘people don’t see suicide as a solution to the difficulties they face’. Preventing men from dying by suicide and building men’s mental fitness involves both health services and community-based services, providing men with the right service that meets their needs.
For information on contacting crisis services for immediate help:
Mens Mental Health Projects in Cheshire & Merseyside
The coronavirus pandemic has led to many community programmes being put on hold. However, a number are being delivered virtually and in a covid-safe manner.
Everton in the community
Through the positive promotion of sport, physical activity and the brand of Everton Football Club, Everton in the community are committed to providing high quality, accessible participant and development opportunities that positively change lives and bring enjoyment to the community.
State of Mind
The State of Mind programme was established in 2011. The aim of the charity is to use the power of sport, in particular Rugby League, to raise awareness of, and promote mental fitness, wellbeing and resilience, tackle stigma and to signpost and encourage access to timely support, to ultimately prevent suicide
Opening Up Cricket
Opening Up Cricket provides free sessions promoting positive mental health to clubs, players and coaches. Opening Up Cricket was formed in response to the death of Sefton Park CC wicket keeper Alex Miller who took his own life in December 2012 and in the year that followed team mates supported the work of C.A.L.M to pay tribute. Now, in 2020, Opening Up Cricket have delivered over two hundred sessions across the United Kingdom and Australia.
JourneyMEN is on a mission to save and rebuild men’s lives that would otherwise be lost in a mental health crisis, liaising closely with local organisations and volunteers. They offer counselling, training and recreational activities (including use of a narrowboat for cruises and crew training) from their base in Wirral.
James’ Place’s mission is to stop men from dying by suicide. They want to make sure that help is available for every man facing a suicidal crisis and support them to find hope for the future.
James’ Place work with health partners to deliver a service to men in Merseyside whose needs have not been met by traditional services.
The aim of Sean’s Place is to improve mental health and well-being through sessions specifically identified to improve confidence and self-esteem whilst reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. Activities include: art, mindfulness, fitness, solution focused hypnotherapy, holistic therapies and nutrition, cookery, music lessons and a family support network.
Liverpool Football Therapy
Liverpool Football Therapy is a project encouraging adults affected by mental ill health to use football as a recovery tool or as part of ongoing therapy.
Evolving Mindset is a mental health Community Interest Company (CIC) established in 2019 for helping the community in Merseyside with mental health issues. They offer free mental health assistance to individuals and families who need it, as well as mental health programmes for schools and businesses.
MoveMENt is an exciting and innovative men’s suicide prevention project for Warrington.
Community based men’s mental health programmes
Men’s mental health community programmes in Cheshire & Merseyside cover a range of services, offering social activities, the opportunity to learn new skills, building mental fitness and programmes with local sporting clubs and heroes.
Men’s mental health provision in Cheshire & Merseyside is being further boosted by NHS England funding for middle-aged men’s community projects. The NO MORE Suicide Partnership commissioned a report on what works for men’s community-based programmes. The report: ‘Rapid Review of Community-based men’s mental health and suicide prevention interventions’ (by Edgehill University et al 2019), is available below.
The key points identified for inclusion in future men’s programmes are:
- The intervention should be delivered in a safe setting
- Use language familiar to men
- The sessions should be male-only and in male communities
- The programme facilitators characteristics are significant;
non-judgemental, supportive, respectful, empathetic, genuine, passionate, adaptable
- Use programme delivery staff who have lived experience
- Use of a group-based environment
- Use an activity and include goal setting
- Make the intervention at an accessible time
- Be aware/understand the social environments and personal experiences of those in the area/region
- Embed partnership working and co-production across all phases of programme development and implementation
- Have an established exit route
Community based men’s mental health programmes happening in each local area are listed below.
The 12th Man
The 12th Man Campaign helps men talk more openly about mental health. It encourages them to be the 12th Man for their families, friends, colleagues and other people in their lives. The 12th Man provide Mental Health First Aid training to people in key community roles, with the aim to create networks of trained individuals who can support men in their community. The 12th Man uses the positive values of a football crowd to inspire men to support each other in the same way as they support their favourite team.
Visit the website to find out more at https://12th-man.org.uk/
Cheshire West and Chester
Cheshire’s Natural Health Service
Cheshire’s Natural Health Service builds on the growing body of evidence that activities in the natural environment can keep us well. Our Men’s Only group based in Northwich is all about enjoyable creative walks in nature, using photography to share skills and explore new ways to help us make positive choices about our lifestyles
- Participants taking more action over their own health e.g. making doctors appointments where needed, making more time to exercise and spend time with others, dietary improvements.
- Improved health outcomes such as weight reduction, better management of type 2 diabetes.
- Improved physical activity levels.
- Improved mental wellbeing.
- Provision of safe space to talk about difficult/ taboo topics, tackling stigma and improving confidence.
Contact Chris Charles (Walk Leader) – 07970861062 / [email protected] or Elizabeth Mason (Natural Health Service Co-ordinator) – 07541691504 / [email protected]
Offload is a men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project. It is open to all men aged 16 and over. Men meet and talk with current and former professional players to learn techniques they use to manage their own mental and physical fitness. Over the course of the 10-week ‘season of fixtures’, men build their own mental fitness, whilst having fun, in a relaxed atmosphere and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.
Offload is helping challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety and has already received widespread acclaim for its work with thousands of men.
Offload is currently being delivered in Cheshire West & Chester, St Helens and Warrington.
Visit our website for more information about our programmes including:
- How to take part
- Meet the Offload team of presenters
- Stories from real men who have taken part in Offload
Contact: [email protected]
Halton Time to Change
Read the Halton Time to Change campaign evaluation
Men Too provides 1-1 and group inductions and support to vulnerable men with a variety of mental health issues and complex needs including suicide ideation. Weekly ‘Maintenance for the Mind’ sessions which are a wide range of therapeutic arts/crafts/training and social outings that are ‘user led’.
• There are a wide range of therapeutic arts/crafts activities; personal development training & fun social outings. All designed to support healthy minds, hearts, bodies & souls.
• It is about finding a safe space to learn new things, let go of limiting beliefs, for men to support each other and have fun together
• They are a range of fun activities that will make you think, about yourself, your future, and your choices.
Contact Bernadette King (CEO) Men Too & WEB Merseyside on 07704353096 or Paula Hanratty: Men Too Manager: 07938952995