We use digital technology as a way to reach out to men no matter where they are in Scotland so that they can both self-manage and keep their mental fitness supported through the use of our Free ( NHS approved) App and included is access via text to a mental health coach available Mon to Friday ( excluding Bank Holidays) 8am to 8pm to support them on a one to one basis in both using all aspects of the support platforms and modules within, but also to advise on other ways to help themselves, ( rather like the fitness instructor they have at their Gym showing what equipment to use) the link for our Brothers-Thrive App: HERE
( the link is only available on our website and not on any app store to keep it free for men in Scotland.)
Our Brother-StayAlive App. Is a suicide prevention resource for Scotland. Full of useful information and tools to help #Brothers stay safe in crisis. The link is: HERE
You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone who may be considering suicide. In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox where you can store photos and memories that are important to you.
You can also read the strategies for staying safe, explore the tips on how to stay grounded when you’re feeling overwhelmed, try the guided-breathing exercises and support your own wellness by creating your own interactive Wellness Plan. The app links you directly to local and national crisis resources, it's all stored there within the app. If the resource isn't listed, simply add in your own.
We created our own film content to raise awareness around men and mental health from a Scottish point of view. Our YouTube channel link HERE
And we use social media to spread the word. Our FaceBook community page HERE
Our strategy is showing that we are 100% reaching out to the male demographic in Scotland, but that also to the more remote parts of Scotland such as the highlands where there is not always a support infrastructure in place or that the small communities are a barrier to men seeking support.
A list of support info & links that you may find also useful.
Men's Peer Support Groups in Scotland:
We believe in men's peer support groups, held in non-clinical environments where men can come along to talk and listen to 'men talking about men's stuff' because #WeAreBrothers...
Martyn's Monday Club is in Oban details HERE
MindTheMen is a men's peer support group in Glasgow held every Monday at 7 pm at West Of Scotland Cricket Club,49-44 Peel St, Partick in
Glasgow. here is the LINK
They are safe places that men can use to talk in a safe space anything that occupies them without fear of judgement
We don't provide a counselling service or outreach service but have teamed up with http://www.chrisshouse.org/
Chris’s House is a Scottish charity set up to offer a safe, welcoming environment where people suffering from suicidal or intrusive thoughts can come and find refuge. All of their visitors can benefit from an individually tailored programme, designed to help improve their mental health and ease all mental and physical side effects that come with these feelings. Contact them on 01236 766755 and they have no waiting list.
Here is the Calm Zone helpline specifically for supporting men,
The Calm helpline:
5pm-midnight, 365 days a year
Their National helpline is open 7 days a week, from 5 pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, we’ll listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on your phone bill.
Calls are free from landlines, payphones and all mobiles.
NATIONWIDE:0800 58 58 58
And Scotland's Breathing Space service, where you can ask for a male or female advisor,
Breathing Space helpline:
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 6 pm to 2 am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday at 6 am.
Breathing Space is free to phone from a landline and any mobile phone network. The phone number won't show up in telephone bills.
Call free on 0800 83 85 87 One of their specialist advisors will answer your call.
You can ask to speak to a man or a woman. 24 hours on weekends (6 pm Friday - 6 am Monday).6 pm to 2 am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).
Support After Suicide
If someone close to you has taken his or her life – whether this is a relative, friend, partner, or colleague – or if you’ve witnessed a suicide, then this is going to be an incredibly tough time for you. You don’t need to pretend that it’s ok. It’s not ok. Get whatever help you need to get through this time.
Information and support can be found here, Help is at Hand published by Public Health England.
It contains not just practical advice but also links and phone numbers to help you navigate the coroner’s courts, funerals, supporting the children etc during this difficult time, as well as helpline numbers if you just need someone to talk to. You can also find these resources at the Support after Suicide Partnership.
If you are supporting a friend or family member who has been affected by suicide, it can be hard to find the words. There is a great resource, Finding the Words, which can help guide you through talking and listening in this situation.
For any other information, please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
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