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ManHealth was created out of a friendship between two men who were both suffering with depression. Depression was tearing their lives apart. Both men had been unable to discuss their condition with family or medical professionals and had closed themselves off from the world. Through regular daily meetings, telephone communications and then regular exercise the two men realised that the sharing of feelings and emotions and discussion of the issues around mental health made them feel better within themselves. The encouragement and comradery helped them on their recovery journey.

We know that peer support offered by someone who has experience of depression can help men. They will open up and discuss their issues around depression and start their path to recovery. It is not an easy thing to acknowledge that depression is tearing your life apart, and it takes strength to admit it and seek help. Depression is not a weakness; it affects 1 in 4 men and leads to many men taking their own lives. Come to one of our meetings and see if ManHealth can help you on the road to recovery.

The groups will be open to men affected by depression to share friendship and support over a common condition. All ManHealth groups will be run by men with personal experience of depression. The groups are designed to provide an opportunity to meet new friends, helping to end the social stigma, and loneliness surrounding depression.

About Men

  • Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 (Reference: ONS)
  • 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders
  • Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women (Health and Social Care Information Centre)
  • Men are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs
  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women.
  • Over three quarters of people who kill themselves are men (Reference: ONS).
  • Men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women in the Government’s national well-being survey – with those aged 45 to 59 reporting the lowest levels of life satisfaction (Reference: ONS)
  • 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men (Reference: University of York).
  • 87% of rough sleepers are men (Reference: Crisis).

Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, wrote the book I had a Black Dog and the video from the book was commissioned by the World Health Organisation. It is moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel. Matthew has kindly given us permission to use it on our site, as I explained how beneficial it was to me. The black dog is an equal opportunity mongrel.

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