Men to Talk Sessions

Support group provides opportunity to talk about men’s mental health

A peer support group in Bedfordshire has received funding worth £400 to help develop its virtual support services during the pandemic.

For Men to Talk, founded by Potton resident Luke Newman, has been awarded the donation by Mulberry Homes, which has a development of new homes in the town called Market Reach.

The money is part of the company’s Distinctly Local program through which they pledged over £5,000 to local charities, groups, clubs and societies during 2020 plus another £400 per month to buying gift vouchers for local retailers and service providers.

Established in 2019, For Men to Talk provides its members with an opportunity to talk about men’s mental health during a weekly meeting. They moved from meeting at a café in Biggleswade to online get togethers via Zoom when lockdown was introduced.

Founder Luke, who suffered from depression after losing both his mother and sister to cancer, was keen for other men to have a place to talk about their feelings openly. He said:

“Sometimes men think they are the only people going through mental illness. Typically, they find it hard to talk about things such as anxiety, depression and grief.

“I’ve been through counselling and therapy and realised that there weren’t many opportunities for men to simply talk after sessions had finished.

“The donation from Mulberry Homes is a hugely welcome boost and means we can run our sessions for longer and bring more expertise to the table, making the sessions even more valuable and engaging.”

The money will be used to fund the Zoom subscription and pay for professional speakers to attend the sessions. Planned so far are:

  • Wednesday 8th July, 6pm – 7pm, Andy Lane, Mental Health nurse, discussing grief
  • Wednesday 15th July, 6pm -7pm, Harry Heweston, Nutritional Therapist, discussing the four pillars to wellbeing

Kerry Jones, sales and marketing director for Mulberry Homes said:

“Our Distinctly Local program has been running as normal during the pandemic and we’ve been delighted to continue to support local groups, like this, with projects that are specifically benefitting communities during this challenging time.

“We felt particularly keen to support For Men To Talk since the construction sector typically has high numbers of male workers. Having a safe place to talk, on a regular basis, especially during the lockdown is vital to the general wellbeing of us all.”

For more information about For Men to Talk and to join the weekly sessions visit www.formentotalk.co.uk.