"Staying quiet about your struggles does not work. Our culture is definitely getting better at talking openly about mental health, but we still have a way to go. Many men still feel ashamed at confessing their own struggles and it’s this shame of the fear of judgement by others which we have to change”
Paul Bannister - Founder of ManHealth
The suicide rate for men in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest for two decades. Data from the Office of National Statistics found there were 5691 suicides registered.
ManHealth are the only voluntary sector organisation using a proactive approach to address this issue. ManHealth provide free peer support groups and a Web Chat & Connect service across County Durham and Northumberland for men with depression and other mental health conditions. We know the intense emotional pain that you can experience when depressed can distort your thinking so it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems, or to connect with those who can offer support. Suicide may seem like the only way to make the pain stop. We also know that peer support offered by someone who has a lived experience of mental ill health can help men.
In 2020 ManHealth supported over 3500 men and provided over 7000 hours of free peer support.
How much does it cost to run our Web Chat & Connect service?
Our Web Chat & Connect service runs 7 nights a week, 365 days a year (including Christmas day) and costs £17,700 each year to host. When a man who is struggling reaches out we can a listening ear and offer practical help and support from men with a lived experience.
This service so far has provided over 1000 hours of free online support to men who live in County Durham and Northumberland. We currently have five fully trained facilitators running this service. Each facilitator provides 1,456 hours of online help and support each year.
Why are we crowdfunding?
ManHealth wants to help more men, and save even more lives. Our Web Chat & Connect service is helping to reduce the risk for preventable suicides but is only currently funded for men in County Durham and Darlington. Suicide is a national emergency and ManHealth want to ensure that every man is heard, and that every man in the UK can access our service when they NEED it, preferably before crisis point.
ManHealth is a not for profit organisation, which means we do not get any Government funding and we solely rely on donations, fundraising, and your generosity to exist. We hope to offer our highly successful Web Chat & Connect Service to men across the UK. With your help, we can make this happen sooner.