Founded in June 2020, blOKes is a not-for-profit men's mental health community interest company (CIC) that provides men (16+) with platform to open up about their thoughts and feelings, connect with likeminded people and tell a #MaleTale in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment.
Undoubtedly, there is a stigma associated with men talking about how they're really feeling and this often stops a large number from ever admitting that they're struggling. With suicide being the largest killer of men aged under 45, we are determined to help as many men as possible to have the confidence to not feel embarrassed, ashamed or weak to reach out and ask those around them for additional help.
While our online forum-based platform is our primary offering, we want our message to reach as many men as possible throughout the UK and beyond. One of our solemn beliefs is that mental health support should be free and readily available to anyone and everyone who needs it and with this in mind, we are aiming to raise funds to create and distribute our men's mental health resources:
- blOKes coasters
- blOKes posters
- blOKes self-help packs
- blOKes 'Help a Friend' handbook
- blOKes #MinutesForMates boxes
Our ambition is to input the above into as many schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and businesses as possible to act as constant reminder that no matter how it seems sometimes, you're never alone.
We have set an initial goal of £5,000 and all money raised will go towards the creation and distribution of our men's mental health resources. We appreciate it's been a difficult 18 months during the pandemic, so any and all support is hugely appreciated!
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or require any further information.