organisations, healthcare providers and charities are inviting the public to
find out more about men’s mental health and the help and support which is
available during a series of events arranged to mark a national awareness week.
Service, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Mind
and Relate, is partnering with a range of different groups to shine a spotlight
on mental health during Men’s Health Week, which runs between 10 and 16 June.
On Tuesday, 11
June, staff from the Wellbeing Service will speak at a conference at Lowestoft
Town Football Club. Running from 10am to 3pm, it has been organised by Sue
Willgoss, who lost her son Danny last year, and aims to raise awareness of the
importance of safeguarding mental health.
for men to be able to find the right support for them and know someone is there
to listen and support with kindness, empathy and understanding,” said Sue, who
has set up the #LiftLoudForDanny charity in her son’s name. “We must work
together to change things.”
On Thursday, 13
June, the Wellbeing Service and MensCraft will host a joint event looking at
the challenges of engaging men in mental healthcare. Running between 9.30am and
1pm at Frere Road Community Centre in Norwich, it will feature presentations
from mental health professionals, including staff from the Wellbeing Service,
NSFT and MensCraft.
from MensCraft, said: “Men are often reluctant, hesitant and avoid taking their
health seriously. At the same time, services need more effective approaches in
dealing with the male psychology. We want to bring people together to share
ideas and look at ways of working together on supporting vulnerable and
On Friday, 14
June, Kelvin Colbourn, Local Associate Co-ordinator with the Wellbeing Service,
has linked up with Cromer Church, Cromer Football Club and the Share as One for
Mental Health charity to arrange a walking football session at Cromer Town
Football Club at 6pm. Open to anyone, the session costs £2.50 per person, and
will be followed by a talk by ex-Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin, who
has become an ambassador for good mental healthcare after suffering with
Head of Mission at Cromer Church, said: “Cromer Church actively seeks to engage
with and support the local community, so I’m really pleased to be working in
partnership with these events to raise awareness regarding men’s mental health
and the importance of self-care.”
Abotsie (pictured), Men’s Wellbeing Lead with the Wellbeing Service, said: “Everyone is
welcome to join us at one of these events, which aim to challenge stereotypes,
showcase the support which is available and encourage men to ask for help when
they need it.
“We are really
pleased to be working so closely with our partners on this important issue. We
would encourage service users, carers, relatives, supporters, partners and
healthcare staff to come along and get talking about mental health so that we
can continue to reduce stigma while encouraging more men to develop strategies
to help them cope during times of distress.”
To book a place at the event in Lowestoft on Tuesday, 11 June, go to: liftloudfordanny-mens-wellbeing-and-mental-health-conference-tickets
Places at the event in Norwich on Thursday, 13 June are limited. To book, go
No need to book
for the event at Cromer on Friday, 14 June - just turn up on the day.
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