Menfulness is a men’s social wellbeing group who - through activities and counselling - support and promote improvement in men's lives.
“79% of all suicides are by men. We are aware that we cant solve every man’s issues, but not facing them alone really does help. By bringing guys together to laugh, talk and sometimes cry can be the difference.”
#DontManUp #YoureNotAlone #WeRiseByLiftingOthers
Our group exists, in no small part, due to the statistics around men’s mental health where we see a marked gender split.
For UK women, the rate of suicide is a third of men’s. Only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men. Men are nearly three times as likely to become alcohol dependent.
These are just a few of the stark facts which have led to the formation of with a focus on those who identify as male. We are facing a silent emergency and our fundraising and efforts aim to open up this conversation and create a place where men can be heard and understood as we are, and then supported to where we want to be.
Our group is and will always be pro-women and fully supports those who identify in any other gender category. Our group welcomes trans men and non binary people. All genders have a part to play in helping create the space, to spread the word and to help share the skills required for openness and vulnerability.
Despite the fact that our work is aimed at men we also recognise the importance of women in this conversation. Much of our initial engagement is with women – many men are being directed to us by the women in their lives, for instance.
Historically and traditionally men have not been empowered to learn about and share their more complex emotional struggles. This can lead to repressing painful or uncomfortable feelings, which, when shared can lead to better mental health.
Partners, friends and family members are a huge source of support to combat this stigma. For more information about how to help someone you care about, please get in touch, or visit NHS or Mind website.
We are always open to further discussion on this topic should anyone wish to get in touch.
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The back story to the MEN cube or dice, is that there’s always at least one side you can’t see on a cube or dice.
This is a bit like those men who need help.
You often can’t see it because it’s not on show or it’s covered up, so you need to move it some how to uncover it.
Logo by: Believe