Brothers in arms is Scotland's first men's mental health and suicide awareness charity. We work off the ethos of prevention through self management, giving men and those who support them the tools to improve and maintain a positive mental health.
How we do this is through providing a support app, in partnership with our digital partners "Thrive", we provide the "Brothers-Thrive" app which is fully NHS approved, and available to download free from our website, or social media pages. The app helps men to support themselves, through Cognitive behavioural therapy courses, sleep and deep muscle relaxation exercises, and the most unique service - on hand Licensed clinical Psychologists, or as we prefer to call them, "mental fitness coaches", available to converse with users over instant messaging 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, all anonymous and confidential. Users can use this service as often as they like with no charge, allowing them to continuously maintain a positive state of mental health, and from virtually anywhere they can access their phone. The fact our service is provided in this way, allows us to reach men from the Highlands to the borders, Scottish wide.
We also released a series of short films surrounding mental health, and the impact of suicide, available on our social media channels, or Brothers in arms youtube channel, including our particularly and effectively impacting "left behind" series, a series dedicated to the impact on family members, including a mother, daughter and partner effected by male suicide.
This year, we adapted with demand to form a live men's "peer support group", meeting weekly giving like minded men an outlet to express themselves in a safe, welcoming environment.
At Brothers in arms, we are a small team of part-time volunteers, ensuring all funds go directly to where they are most required and directly to the cause they've been donated for.