REFERRALS FOR BROS
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Male-specific mental health services available.
There are a handful of really useful services available for people who are struggling with mental health. The most notable organisation specifically for men's mental health is Brothers In Arms. Please remember that if you are in a serious case of emergency with suicidal thoughts, please contact 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
EMERGENCY: 999 (24 hours 7 days a week)
Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers using a Textphone (minicom) should dial 18000 in an emergency.
Hotline: 116 123
The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. You can also:
email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org
write to Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
Hotline: 0800 83 85 87
Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am
Breathing Space webchat pilot: Monday-Friday 6pm to 10pm
This service is for people in Scotland.
We are a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Our advisors come from a range of mental health, counselling and social work backgrounds. There is an equal ratio of male to female advisors, who may be part-time or full-time. Breathing Space is not a volunteer service.
Brothers In Arms (based in Glasgow)
Brothers in Arms is Scotland's first men's mental health charity, which is aimed at providing info, support and advice to men in Scotland 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.
Check BIA’s 2 apps for guys available for download:
Brother-Thrive: It offers a unique depth and range of support in one application. From relaxation techniques such as meditation to thought training, sleep improvement, and goal progress tracking you can improve your mental fitness easily, confident that all you need is in one place.
Brother-StayAlive: 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.
Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
The campaign against living miserably (CALM) exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Their helpline offers confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK. Our helpline is for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. We're open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. For more info about the helpline service and call costs visit our helpline page. Please note: our texting service is no longer available. If you are in need of text based support, please use our webchat facility.
Tel: +44 020 7922 7908
The Men's Health Forum's ambition is to ensure all men and boys - particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas and communities - will have the information, services and treatments they need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. To this end, we carry out research, raise awareness, work to change health policy, share and encourage the latest good practice, work with other charities and provide health information and advice to men through our website, our online chat services, Men's Health Week and our Man Manuals.
Get Help: Text 85258
Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is a place to go for those struggling to cope and in need of immediate help. Shout exists in the US as 'Crisis Text Line', but this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK.
MEN'S PEER SUPPORT GROUPS IN SCOTLAND
Andy’s Man Club is a support group for men tackles the male suicide crisis. It is a space for men to talk about their problems without judgement or feeling like a burden. What started as a small support group in Halifax has ballooned into a Facebook group of thousands, with more clubs to be set up across the UK. Contact: http://andysmanclub.co.uk/contact/
Martyn’s Monday Club is a peer to peer support group for men over the age of 18. They meet 7pm - 9pm Mondays, Hope Kitchen 2 Soroba road , Oban , Argyll, PA34 4HU. Contact us here: https://www.martynsmondayclub.co.uk/if-you-would-like-to-contact-us.html
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. Contact us via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindthemen/
Tel: 01236 766755
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.
Movember Foundation - UK*
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the global Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health." By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to find ways to take care of our mental health, and to check in with one another in order to reduce the rate of suicide in men. Visit the link to UK’s Movember page to access vital information on these three key topics affecting men’s health today: https://uk.movember.com