Help is at hand for men struggling with their mental health in Cambourne and St.Neots thanks to a support group that’s going from strength to strength.
‘For Men To Talk’ is a Community Interest Company and was established by Luke Newman in December 2019 after the loss of his mother and sister inspired him to reach out to others who felt isolated and in a dark place.
Before the pandemic, the group used to meet for physical meetings but like many other classes and activities, the group moved online through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Luke said: “I formed ‘For Men To Talk’ giving men who are suffering with anxiety, depression and grief the chance to talk with other fellow sufferers and improve their well-being.
“I have suffered with anxiety and grief, but I have always been open with my mental health illness. I know a lot of people aren’t, especially men. I want to change that with ‘For Men To Talk’.”
Luke replied: “For our first meeting in February 2020 in Biggleswade, we were expecting four or five men to come through the door and there were 23. It’s giving a much-needed avenue for men to be able to talk.
‘For Men To Talk’ are now also holding physical meetings at St.Neots Golf Club every first Tuesday of the month and The Cambridge Belfry in Cambourne on the third Tuesday of every month, starting at 6pm, as well as continuing in Biggleswade and online. For all the dates, please visit http://www.formentotalk.co.uk/events/
Luke has also just designed and written ‘The Mental Health Moles’ showing fifty-two storyboards accompanied with brightly coloured and boldly drawn illustrations with advice about mental health.
Suitable for men, women, boys and girls, it is sparking discussions on mental health in the family. it is available to purchase for £5.99 via http://www.formentotalk.co.uk/mhmoles/. All profits go back into the CIC.
For more information about For Men to Talk and how to join the physical and virtual sessions, please visit www.formentotalk.co.uk