The virtual mental health man cave. Providing an essential community space for men to connect and chat.
In England, around
1 in 8 Men
have a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Why Don't Men Talk About
When it comes to mental health, it is important to ensure everyone is doing well mentally. However, there is a certain stigma surrounding males when it comes to their mental wellbeing, and how they are feeling. Society’s expectations and traditional gender roles often contributes to why men are less likely to discuss or seek help for their mental health problems.
Society’s expectations and traditional gender roles often contributes to why men are less likely to discuss or seek help for their mental health problems. We know that gender stereotypes about women – the idea they should behave or look a certain way, for example – can be damaging to them. But it’s important to understand that men can be damaged by stereotypes and expectations too.
Let's Normalize Talking About Men's Mental Health
Men shouldn’t feel like they have to suffer in silence. It’s not ‘Manly’ not to talk about problems. It’s amazing how much talking can help.
Did You Know?
- Three times as many men as women die by suicide.
- Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.
- Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women according to the Government’s national well-being survey.
- Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women: only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.
- In addition, men are far more likely than women to go missing, sleep rough, become dependent on alcohol and use drugs frequently.
The Lads Chat
Lads Chat is a virtual community-created man cave designed to provide a safe place where men can chat openly about anything that is bothering them with fellow men who are going through or have gone through mental health issues themselves.
Here, there is no agenda or formal structure – it’s purely a get-together of men who are going through or have lived experience of mental ill health. There is absolutely no pressure on anyone attending to share their stories and as it’s a mancave, we will of course be encouraging all the usual banter you would expect. In short, it’s a totally relaxed environment for men to feel comfortable and share experiences.
Register for free and you will receive a link that will let you into the mancave. The event is being held on Zoom events so you will need the latest version of Zoom on your device.
Will The Event Be Recorded?
The event WONT be recorded PLEASE NOTE In the zoom registration you will see a default tick box you need to tick about live recording in order to register please note that this is merely a disclaimer there will be no live streaming or recording.
What Can I Expect?
There is no agenda or formal structure its purely a get together of men who are going through or have lived experience of mental ill health. There is absolutely no pressure on anyone attending to share their stories and as its a mancave of course we will be encouraging all the usual banter you would expect. In short its a totally relaxed environment for men to feel comfortable and share experiences.