For those of us who are men who care, there may be some unseen barriers or subtle differences to how we feel comfortable in accessing mental health support. Or boosting and maintaining our mental and physical health.
In this blog, we're signposting to some fantastic support and very helpful ideas to ensure we best take care of our own health - physically and mentally.
As with any of us in a caring role, putting our own health front and first, is essential to us being able to continue to care.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
If we replenish our own needs, we live a better life, we're healthier, and we’re more willing and able to continue caring from a good place. Win, win.
So check out the places we have signposted below and please do help us grow this list, by letting us know who we’ve missed!
Do you know someone who might benefit from a nudge to put themselves first? Who could you share this with?
Men’s Health Forum
The Men’s Health Forum has heaps of resources to support men’s health. This week, as part of men’s health week (June 14th - 20th 2021), they are running their 'Can Do Challenge'. A simple five day challenge to help us kick-start some new and beneficial health habits. Built around their five ways to wellbeing programme.
It’s simple to sign-up and commit to doing something good for ourselves every day of the week.
Andy’s Man Club
Andy’s Man Club runs talking groups for men. They have groups across the UK, and their goal is to ‘get men talking’ about anything and everything.
You don’t have to have a mental health issue to attend. Simply by going and talking, you’re doing something positive to help recover or retain stronger mental health. And you don't have to do it alone.
Men’s Sheds run across the UK, and provide a space for men to come together and connect over a community project. A really simple idea that’s great for the local community and for men’s wellbeing.
Our very own Dom, who is our Partnership’s Manager, has set up his own Social Enterprise in south London, to get mid-life men active.
PRIME organises football friendlies for over 35s. Each match is about having fun and keeping active, and you’re welcome whatever your level of fitness. Each session has a coach to get everyone warmed up for a good game, with a cool down afterwards.
Open Age Men
Providing opportunities of social interaction and friendship through football, Open Age aims to reach out to men over the age of 50 from West London, who are experiencing isolation and loneliness. If you are from Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith, Fulham, or Westminster, why not give them a try?
If this blog has been helpful to you please do share with someone who you think would greatly benefit from these resources.
We also have our very own free support calls which are welcome to everyone including non-binary identities! Click here to book a free call with our carer support team and talk about anything you'd like. We offer a safe space to offload and organise your thoughts.
And don't forget to join our close-knit Mobilise community to share some of your stories and connect with other unpaid carers.