Shining a light on men’s mental health
As we approach International Men’s Day on 19 November, one topic being brought to the forefront of conversations is men’s mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation reveals that in the UK, around one in eight men have a common mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
One way in which Leeds City College’s Health Project Manager, Rob Cranmer, is supporting the cause is through the Bradford City AFC Mental Health Supporters’ Group.
Launched in October, the group welcomes Bradford City supporters and members of the wider community to seek mental health advice.
Rob commented: “My experience with personal mental health difficulties paired with previously working as a mental health clinician has allowed me to understand the challenges people face in everyday life. I wanted to create a welcoming and inclusive space where people can seek non-clinical advice.
“Supporters and members of the community can apply for confidential advice by downloading our bespoke referral form, where I then decide the most appropriate course of action. The support group offers one-to-one and group sessions in collaboration with Andy’s Man Club where people are encouraged to speak with me about anything they feel they need to.
“After suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, I decided to set up the group so I could give back to the community. My goal is to normalise men speaking out about their struggles; as males, we are taught to have a stiff upper lip, which is slowly improving but more work is needed.
“So far, the group has received an incredibly positive response. I’m a strong ambassador for mental health and always will be. I’m passionate about empowering men to have the confidence to speak out.”
Find out more information here on how to access the referral form.
Raising awareness on campus
In order to help raise the profile of men’s mental health, an awareness event will be taking place at Quarry Hill Campus to raise money for Mind. Students and staff will be making baked goods for the event.
In the new year, a larger event will be taking place, involving support from mental health clinicians and guest speakers.