With over ten years of experience in Primary Education, I am aware for the need to address a growing Mental Health crisis in children. Following continued growth as now established as a Social Enterprise, I believe Talk About It Mate can provide Mental Health awareness education in schools for young people to begin exploring their feelings and emotions, in a safe environment. I also believe I can personalise this approach for use with a range of different demographics including teens and the elderly.
In addition to this I have delivered a set of Wellbeing Workshops covering a range of topics; from Stress to Self-Care, to members of my MeetUp community. I feel that these workshops can be tailored and modified for use in the workplace to promote greater self-awareness and coping mechanisms. Each session will highlight a new topic related to managing our own mental health, or informing us when supporting others. The sessions involve discussion between group members and some feeding back to the group.
Our Men’s Peer Support Groups will directly address problems regarding isolation and lack of connection during this crisis and continue as face to face sessions once it is safe to do so. We have recently received funding from the Salford Crisis Fund by Salford CVS and Salford NHS CCG to expand our operations.
The Talk About It Mate concept is simple, talking helps. The online groups provide a confidential place for men (18+) to connect and share their thoughts and feelings in relation to some group generated themes. They create a togetherness and solidarity as they are supportive and non-judgemental. Attendees can access our wider community through online channels, including a closed Facebook group and group WhatsApp groups which are moderated by facilitators.
To deliver these groups we will be using Zoom online video conferencing software. Visit our MeetUp page or email for an invite link. Once lockdown has ended, we intend to resume sessions in South Manchester, Manchester City Centre and Salford. We have a growing team of volunteer facilitators ready to deliver additional sessions depending on demand. Some of our facilitators are involved in counselling training courses and are well placed to signpost or provide additional support if needed. We intend to limit groups to 12 participants and will look at delivering different groups on different nights and times once Wednesdays become oversubscribed.
The upcoming Peer Support Groups for Men (meetup link) will be governed by an agreed group contract and Volunteer Facilitators will ensure smooth running of the sessions. Many of our Facilitators have lived experiences of managing issues related to their own Mental Wellbeing and provide a non-judgemental and supportive environment for men to connect with others for the benefit of their ongoing Mental Health and self-awareness.
All Wellbeing Workshop attendees are provided with session materials in a handout which they can take away for future reference for the enhancement of future wellbeing, forming a refresher or reminder of topics covered in the session. Members will be provided with techniques to build their own toolkit, helping them develop resilience and establish coping strategies to improve self-esteem and confidence. Attendees can access future peer-support events.
As a Trainee Counsellor, I am looking to establish a small client-base moving forward to help me to develop my skills. I have limited availability for safe, friendly, non-judgemental 1:1 person-centred appointments. Get in touch if you are interested.
Not able to attend a MeetUp event? Don’t worry! I produce a Talk About It Mate Podcast with some exciting new episodes in the pipeline to kick-off Season 2! Why not contact me if you feel you would like to discuss a topic on the podcast or have a blog you would like to submit to our community?Peer Support for Men Details (PDF)
Regular Peer-Support event @ Cafe Nero, Peter St Manchester
Appearance on ManVFat Podcast Show - Episode 13
Appearance on Salford City Radio
April 1st 2019
Appearance at ManVFat Festival
20th July 2019
Chat to a Trainee Counsellor Event
Manchester Central Library