Supporting men through difficulties in their mental and physical ill health, ultimately to prevent suicide.

About us

ManHealth is not a suicide prevention service but we do prevent male suicide.

ManHealth are the only voluntary sector organisation using a proactive approach to address the crisis in men's health. ManHealth enable men find or change direction in their lives and provide them the tools to thrive in their lives and become the best version of themselves. ManHealth provide workshops and training on health to empower businesses to engage men and drive change.

In 2023 ManHealth supported over 4500 men and provided over 9000 hours of free peer support. Our training reached 4,756 delegates.

Our Vision

  • To play a vital role in supporting men and building healthier communities.

Our Mission

  • To empower men experiencing mental and/or physical ill health through support, education and shared experience.


ManHealth provides weekly ongoing peer support services to men across the North East of England. Our sessions are led by men with lived experience and provide hugely valued weekly respite and a safe place for men to discuss how they feel.

With an ethos of sharing and education, our groups enable peer to peer empathy, an experienced ear and more importantly, friends that have walked the walk.

Our groups are underpinned with a  positive approach to learning about health issues and our group facilitators  are trained in how to support and help others. Our sessions empower our men through learning and awareness to think about positive change. Each session provides insight into a diverse range of challenges. Through this, we encourage group discussion which consistently provides personal experience insight, a highly valuable aspect of peer to peer support.

In addition to our groups ManHealth organise specific activities that provide a physical focus to our men, with organised walking & football groups being very popular activities. In turn, these activities serve as great social interaction events, helping men to improve their self-confidence.

ManHealth also provides fully accredited training and short courses for businesses enabling us as an organisation to raise awareness of men's health and help others to contribute to that which is the biggest challenge, changing opinions on the need to address men's health inequalities, mental health and suicide.

Latest News

The Shildon Shindig

The Shildon Shindig was a wonderful day on the 18 May and enjoyed by all who attended, ManHealth took on Team Solan with a full football match in the main event of the day at Shildon AFC. We were joined by live music acts and a special guest appearance from The Hairy Biker - Si King along with other entertainment. Thank you to all who supported ManHealth and the Shildon Shindig.

Renewable Field Services. Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge.

On the 05 May 2024 a team of colleagues and friends from Renewable Field Services set out to attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres), usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These hills form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. After a tough day in the hills the team were able to raise a wonderful total of donations of £4393.00. The donations will enable us to continue the much needed free to attend peer support groups for men. Thank you. Robbie Woods, Lucinda Winstanley, James Gowland, Sam Bullock, Ellis Collings, Heather Lynn, David Welsh, Benn Faulkner, Jack Welsh and Mick Jobson.

24hrs, 36 sore feet, 50 miles and 8 football grounds.

18 brave men from Newton Aycliffe had the will to walk 50 miles in 24 hours and visit many local football grounds to raise awareness of men's mental health and male suicide. The walk began at Newton Aycliffe FC on Saturday 27 April and finished at the same place the following morning. The men visited Shildon, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Willington, Crook and Tow Law FC during the 24 marathon. Thanks to Bishop Auckland Chairman Steve Coulthard for refreshments and Shildon Alive for providing much needed early evening sandwiches. The men raised the outstanding total of £4449.46 to support ManHealth continue their life saving work in our region.

Busy few months.

What a busy few months we have had at ManHealth. We have expanded our services to include two new groups in Stanhope and Hartlepool both opened in February and are growing nicely. Really happy to be supporting more men in our region. In terms of raising awareness we have been really busy. We hosted PORKPIE and Definitely Oasis at the Shildon Civic Hall in February and March. Two great gigs. In February The Cons Club in Coundon held an event for us, and we sponsored a game at Darlington Mowden ParkRugby Club. Over the Easter weekend we had a fundraising event at the Red Lion Shildon and The Duck in Crook. Thank you to Kay Walker and Ray Mole and Dave Cee for organising those.

In a mental health emergency, call: 0800 0516 171 to speak to Tees, Esk, Wear Valley NHS Trust

The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people of all ages living in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside.

Durham Tees Valley Listening Service

Call 0800 046 1313 • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week • Talking to someone can often be enough to help us cope when we're distressed.


Phone: 116 123.

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