How are you? Out of 10? Talk Club is supporting men’s mental health
A SUPPORT network for men’s mental health is expanding to cover the Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath area.
Talk Club, a talking and listening club for men to improve their mental fitness, was formed because suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK.
Co-founder Ben Akers lost his childhood best friend, Steve Yates, to suicide in 2014 and Talk Club grew out of his efforts to work through his grief. It aims to get men to talk more openly about their thoughts, feelings, worries and day-to-day problems in a relaxed, informal and non-judgemental environment.
Ben said: “We want to help men to be mentally fit so they don’t get mentally ill. If we can encourage and enable men to look at their mental fitness the way they look after their physical fitness, the world will be a better place.”
Starting in April last year at the Bristol Beer Factory in Southville, organisers say Talk Club is currently the fastest-growing men’s mental fitness movement in the UK, with 38 local groups nationally and internationally, as well as a growing online network of over 1,300 men.
The group has seen membership grow 30% since the coronavirus lockdown, as meet-ups have moved online.
Talk Club’s Ian Browne said support was being extended to the area as a South Gloucestershire group is formed, with all men over 18 encouraged to join.