We had a great time working with the team at Menfulness on their latest Impact Report.
Menfulness brings men together to socialise, exercise and enjoy themselves whilst sharing their experiences in a supportive, impartial environment that improves mental and physical health.
The volunteer-led group run regular football matches, fitness sessions, free counselling sessions and meet ups based on the interests of over 2,000 guys in York.
This is such an important service, as in 2019 4,303 men died from suicide – around 75% of all suicides. As a man in York, I regularly see male friends and colleagues suffering in silence with the pressures of work, parenthood, finances and relationships. Add to that the growing population of men relocating to York with no friendship groups or support structures and it’s easy to see how this pressure continues to mount.
What I love about Menfulness is the accessibility. Most services are free, and there’s somebody around to talk to however, and whenever you need. There’s no stigma, and you can remain anonymous if you feel more comfortable. You can dip in and out, whenever you need, with no judgement. But it’s not a clinical service, and their ability to bring in specialised partners such as Serendipity Counselling or York City Knights is not only changing, but literally saving men’s lives in York.
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with them on this report, and I look forward to watching the organisation continue to grow and strengthen.