Men’s mental health matters


In England, around one in eight men have a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Mental Health Foundation
Why don’t men talk about mental health

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.


Men are often expected to be the breadwinners and to be strong, dominant and in control. While these aren’t inherently bad things, they can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up.


Some research also suggests that men who can’t speak openly about their emotions may be less able to recognise symptoms of mental health problems in themselves, and less likely to reach out for support.


Men may also be more likely to use potentially harmful coping methods such as drugs or alcohol and less likely to talk to family or friends about their mental health. However, research suggests men will access help that meets their preferences and is easy to access, meaningful and engaging.

Providing community spaces for men to connect and chat, are essential.

Introducing LADS CHAT The virtual mental health man cave.

Introducing LADS CHAT (The virtual man cave)

That’s why we have created LADS CHAT – the virtual man cave. LADS CHAT provides a place where men can chat openly about anything that may be concerning them confidentially with other men who are going through, or have gone through mental health issues themselves’


In England, around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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 wellbeing 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.



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.


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.

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.