Why Brothers in Arms?
Spread The Word,
Brothers in Arms is a project based in East Dunbartonshire, which is aimed at providing info, support and advice to men of any age, who are down or in crisis and dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
We also want to raise awareness of what in Scotland is something that is not openly acknowledged, that men feel unable to talk, or admit when they have a problem and by challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it.
Based on and inspired by both the Calm Zone and Andy's Man Club and because we don't have anything comparable in Scotland, it will be a website and social media platform that is aimed primarily at the 16 to 45 demographic that is most at risk,( but is for men at any age) and is designed as a 'gateway' to enable them or their partners, family and friends to seek help and advice and to feel that they are not alone.
We also aim to provide regular peer support groups as a 'safe space for men to talk about men's stuff' and as a way of creating an 'esprit de corps' among those that attend.
With support from See Me Scotland and the East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health, we will launch the site as a pilot in Milngavie on the 17th of June at it’s Classic Car Show by taking a stand there and with volunteer's raise awareness through the local community on the day.
The plan is to eventually to grow so that it is available throughout Scotland and to enable other like-minded communities to create their own hubs using Brothers in Arms as a template for support, information and to work long term towards opening a men's well being center in East Dunbartonshire, to that end it will become a charity to fund raise and create awareness among the general public and to work towards an annual event that people can take part in.
Being Silent is Not Being Strong
Brothers In Arms at the Scottish Parliament
Date:30 Apr 2018
Location: The Scottish Parliament building is located in the Holyrood area of central Edinburgh at the foot of the Royal Mile, on Horse Wynd, opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Time: 10:00 am to 17:00 pm daily, Mon 30th April to Fri 4th May