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

About us

Through support, collaboration, education and accountability ManHealth enable men find or change direction in their lives. 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

We all live at the top of Eldon Bank

Shildon AFC to continue work in partnership with ManHealth to tackle male suicide. ManHealth are delighted to renew for a second year their partnership with Shildon AFC. The partnership includes display boards around the ground and the ManHealth logo on the sleeve of their new home and away shirts. Paul Bannister from ManHealth said “We are delighted to continue working with Shildon AFC on this exciting initiative. The North East of England has the highest suicide rate in the UK. 74% of all deaths by suicide are men. Suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged under 50. The biggest at-risk group from suicide are men aged between 45 and 54.

What another amazing day beside the seaside

On Saturday 29 June over 50 runners of Blyth Running Club completed in a Backyard Challenge Ultra in memory of a former member and friend Tony Holland.

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.

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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