Over the years I have had some great times and some not so great but recently found myself struggling with a few things that are going on. I didn’t really think about it too much as I am always staying strong for others around me.
Paul from ManHealth came on site as a guest speaker and I found myself staring at the “Where’s Your Head At” sheet and soon realised I wasn’t feeling my usual self and needed to take more care of myself. I always thought it was selfish to do so but Paul sharp told me “you can’t help anyone when you can’t help yourself” (you can’t pour from an empty cup).
Paul informed the group all about the ManHealth program and the support they offer and that’s what got my attention so I told myself I should go even if it was just once to see what it is all about. I was very anxious and worried about what to expect but as soon as I walked through the doors, I was welcomed by everyone.
We were all encouraged to talk about what we are going through but only if we felt comfortable and there was an option to have a 1 to 1. While talking to the group it brought out things that I never thought were bothering me and having spoken about it I got some great advice from the ManHealth group facilitator and the other men in the group. It felt like a weight had been lifted having spoken about it.
Once a few formal things were done at the start of the session, we all chatted over a cuppa and had a good laugh. I have already made friends with the guys and said I will return for the next session and the upcoming car show meet.
ManHealth peer support is a free, instant, well-run, no appointment needed, friendly and informative group that men who are struggling with mental or physical health will most likely benefit from. Guys come even when feeling good to maintain the good place they’re in and support others.
It is different than other mental health care provisions, session are facilitated and ran by and attended by men with lived experience.