Our Campaign

To create a safe and supportive environment where guys feel safe and supported to talk about issues that may be affecting them.

The Background

  • In the UK, statistics suggest that approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year.
  • Work-related stress and job pressures can contribute to mental health challenges. Issues like job insecurity, long working hours, and a lack of work-life balance can affect mental well-being.
  • Men may face specific barriers in seeking mental health support, such as societal expectations, traditional masculinity norms, and the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
  • Guided by experience and research, men are more willing to open up if the conditions are suitable for doing so. Traditional face-to-face counselling, for some, can be awkward and speaking to friends or a counsellor can feel one sided as if a burden on the other – we want to create a different environment.

Men’s Issues and Men’s Mental Health (Springer, 2021)

Our Approach

Our approach is to look at the environmental and behavioural factors that support men to reach out.

  • Being shoulder-to-shoulder can be a less intimidating or confrontational approach than face-to-face when talking to someone.
  • Being paired with a peer and both sharing personal issues, may feel like a more balanced relationship.
  • Having the wide open space of nature can have many benefits, giving us a new perspective.
  • Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that act as natural mood lifters. Endorphins can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and create a sense of overall well-being.
  • Exercise can help to reduce levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol. Regular physical activity provides an outlet for pent-up tension and helps the body and mind to relax.
  • Social Interaction builds connections with others and can offer a sense of belonging.

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