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“Please may I give you some feedback regarding the Darlington group?

The group is lead by men who have experienced mental health conditions therefore have better understanding. The group leaders are very enthusiastic when delivering the topics and do help motivate you to join in the group whether that be talking or using the support tools (paperwork) but no pressure to do so & do not judge.

I always leave the group with a positive mind set & this does help me plan my week along with the support tools I am given.

It’s also very reassuring that if needed Man Health are also available outside of the group via social media, email & phone.

The group is very relaxed with tea & biscuits on offer but the support, care, advice, kindness & trust from the group leaders is fantastic, therefore easy for me to talk whether it’s positive or negative in my recovery.

Overall this group is helping my health & wellbeing and I’m now feeling more positive and confident in whatever daily tasks I’m doing.

I am very grateful for all of your (Man Health) time & please share with David & David the Darlington group leaders”

Many thanks


Wynn mate at Spennymoor and Shildon

Thank you for your support last night, I was very nervous about coming but so glad I walked through the door. The information I was given is also helpful & will be filling in the paperwork that I took home with me. Reflecting on last nights group, it gave me the chance to open up and talk (a little) knowing it’s in a safe environment & support is there if needed. Today (Saturday) I woke up feeling very relaxed & I'm putting it down to being in the group last night so thank you! Looking forward to the next group session, sharing & supporting the lads! Once again Thank You Michael

Tom mate at Shildon and Darlington

“I have attended multiple ManHealth groups since September 2018, I have found them hugely beneficial in supporting my journey through depression. David and Paul have been a fantastic tonic for me with handy tips and coping mechanisms. Just attending the session makes me feel much better each week………Phil”

David F mate at Shildon

“Joining the ManHealth peer support group (Spennymoor) is the best thing that has happened to me for a long time. I now realise that I am not alone and countless other men have been through the same if not more than I have. The lads in the group are all brilliant and totally non-judgemental and I now have the peace of mind with the knowledge that I have friends that I can turn to for support whenever I feel the need………Alan”

Brian mate at Spennymoor

“ManHealth has made a major impact on my recovery journey from severe and enduring various diagnosed mental health illnesses. The group has through educational, personal experiences, signposting and the sense of belonging to a trusting, caring and community based group. A massive thankyou to David, Paul and all the lads. I would also like to thank the Big Lottery for funding this truly worthwhile project which is growing and gathering momentum……….Wynn”

“After seeking mental health support and failing miserably, ManHealth has given me 100% support and advice changing my outlook on my mental health and well-being…………Dave”

Dan Kilford Group Leader Barnard Castle

“Being unemployed at the moment ManHealth gives me a sense of community and something positive to focus on. Talking with other blokes who are familiar with mental ill health is helpful…………Paul”

“Walking through the door for the very first time made me feel uneasy but the warm welcome I received from David, Paul and the other men put me at ease very quickly. The groups have a lot of men who manage their own mental health issues and it’s a safe non-judgemental environment as everything said in the groups is always confidential. Attending ManHealth sessions has saved my life and am feeling much much better, I also know more about my mental health issues meaning I have a number of tools in my tool box to help me manage my own mental health issues moving forward. I also listen to how the other men manage their own mental well-being………Richie”

Martin Dunn Group Leader, Shildon

“When I first started ManHealth I was at the bottom of a hole with thoughts of ending my life. Through attending the sessions I have learned that I am not alone in a similar position. With the support from ManHealth I am slowly climbing out of the hole. The weekly sessions gives me a platform to talk as well as listen trying new ideas on how to cope with my black dog……..Glenn”

“Paul and David have been inspirational, the sessions are informative, fun and you can talk honestly about how you are feeling. The friendship has been invaluable, the people are really supportive. Its properly planned where we discuss a weekly topic. There is a choice of resources, video’s, art therapy; discussion topics are varied and well-chosen to meet the needs of the group. I cannot recommend ManHealth highly enough, if you suffer from this life-limiting condition……Ian”

David Symington Group Leader Darlington

“I came to ManHealth after a few sessions with Talking Changes, I got so much out of ManHealth after only a few weeks and am now back to where I wanted to be. I am in a good place now, I still go to the sessions and hope I can put something back and hopefully help someone else…….Bob”

“ManHealth has made me more aware of how widespread mental health issues are and that others have similar issues. You are NOT the only one…………..Peter”

"My son has been coming to ManHealth for the past year after struggling with his mental health on and off for a number of years. When he first came along to ManHealth it was the worst he has ever been, he was an absolute wreck and just so lost. Down to all the help and support ManHealth has given my son and us as a family, I am slowly but surely getting my son back. I can’t thank Paul and the others enough for what they have done for us and for what they still continue to do. I can’t stress enough how much this organisation is needed, you don’t realise how many men are struggling and feel like they have nowhere to go or no one to talk to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart"

“I have found ManHealth to be much bigger than a support group. ManHealth is about empowering ourselves and healing. There are enough of us in the groups. We are all on our own journey, but we're all in this together. Everyone brings something different to the table. Sharing our experiences and being empathetic is more powerful than any therapist. That is the healing power of a family, who gets each other, who validates each other. Lots of us don't get that from our own families. How can we, when they have never experienced it themselves……..Ian”

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