The Men’s Mental Health Project in Hastings is working to improve the mental health of men particularly between the ages of 30-59 years.
The project aims to deliver a community based approach to supporting men’s mental health by working closely with services who support men and engaging with men in the community to identify their needs and empower them to shape the delivery of mental health support in Hastings.
- Engage with men to identify and address gaps in the support provided.
- Support men to have a voice in how services are developed and delivered in Hastings.
- Work closely with services supporting men to build positive change.
- Raise awareness and address the stigma associated with men’s mental health.
- Signpost men to other organisations to help those seeking support.
- Support men by delivering purposeful activities that encourage men to have conversations about mental health and create meaningful social connections.
- Create opportunities with local employers to engage with workforces that are predominantly male.
Why is this important?
- Middle aged men have the highest rates of suicide than any age or gender group, with men reporting feelings of isolation, embarrassment, shame and a sense of burden on others.
- The Samaritans recently published a report explaining why less-well off middle-aged men do not get the support they need. They identified that a lack of meaningful social connections, restricted help-seeking behaviour and a lack of purposeful activity were key risk factors that contributed to poor mental health.
- Therefore, it is important to proactively engage men with a community based approach providing accessibility, inclusivity, peer support, shared experiences and a sense of achievement.
How to get in touch:
For more information about the Men’s Mental Health Project in Hastings, please contact Hannah Richards – Project Coordinator.
Telephone: 07510 927978