A campaign and database of emotional support options for men in Lincolnshire has been launched by Lincolnshire charity HWLincs. Called “A Better Way”, it offers one-to-one support, support options by contact method, and happier living tools.
The website (http://abetterway.site) splits support groups into the preferred method of contact, from phone to text and webchats. This gives visitors instant access to the service that suits them best.
Other quick information available includes: ‘How men can best approach their GP with emotional issues’ in addition to ‘Unhelpful habits to spot in themselves and in others’.
The campaign also aims to combat loneliness by providing details of self-help groups that meet across Lincolnshire.
Lincoln MP, Karl, said: “I am extremely heartened to see this new and much-needed initiative to support the mental health and wellbeing of men in Lincolnshire.
“What is also great about HWLincs’ campaign is that the charity worked with a group of men to help shape it, so it is based on what men want, not what people think they want. Removing the stigma around mental health is really important not just in encouraging more men to come forward but for everyone to take it far more seriously. I am confident this will start to achieve this aim.
“This is the type of initiative that should be taken up across the whole of the UK. The latest figures on male suicide are unspeakably tragic – now at a two-decade high – so it is clear that this needs to become a higher political priority.
“If you are a man who is struggling, please do reach out to this website and take advantage of the help that is there. Please also share with a man you know who you think might need this support.”
To find out how to speak to someone about their mental health or get help for your own, visit http://abetterway.site
A Better Way was developed as part of the Shine Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council, and NHS Lincolnshire Community Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund.