Taking time to talk

A men’s support group has launched at the Scarborough hub.

Recovery Coordinator, John Lawless, who set it up, says: “Having had the personal experience of attending a male support group for my own well being, I realised how much this sort of group is needed for males.”

There was a positive response from men who attended the first male peer support group, aimed at providing a safe and confidential place to talk, raise self confidence and share ideas and coping strategies.

Horizons’ John Lawless, who set up the group, said: “It is a taboo for a lot of men.

Amazing response

“The fact that six male clients had the courage to walk through the door is amazing and has to be applauded. The feedback was great. Generally speaking, most thought it felt very comfortable for them and they felt it was easy to talk to each other, even though it was the launch of the group.”

John said many men bottle up feelings. Suicide was the biggest killer of men aged between 18 and 45.

He said: “Many men are generally expected and have been brought up to ‘just get on with it’ which has a very negative effect.

“This group lets our male clients know that they can talk about their issues – drug or alcohol related, or not. I believe this will have a positive impact on their substance or alcohol use.”

And John added: “You don’t have to feel suicidal or be actively self-harming to come to the group. I want to hear everyone’s stories, good or bad, and just get the male clients into the habit of dealing with their issues in a healthier way.”

The group runs on the first Monday of every month at the Scarborough hub. Meet up at 11.45am for a 12 Noon start. It finishes at 1.30pm. No referrals needed.

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