New support group there for men in need
A Wishaw refuge for people in distress is launching a new support group specifically for men struggling with mental ill health.
Chris’s House in Belhaven Road, Wishaw, is launching the men’s support group in response to the increasing rate of young men in Lanarkshire aged under 25 who are taking their own lives.
“Mental illness has no boundaries, it is not gender or race specific, it does not care if you are rich, poor, black, white, fat or thin, above or below average intelligence and height,” said Chris’s House cognitive behavioural therapist, Kim Armstrong.
“It does not care who or what you are and it can and does affect people from every social and economic society on every continent, it pays no heed to borders and boundaries. Perhaps the most interesting and worrying finding is that while, on average, more women are diagnosed with common mental health problems than men, the rate of male suicide is significantly higher.
“This suggests that men are suffering with mental distress, but may not be receiving or indeed asking for the help they need.”
Kim says that among many men there is still the feeling of not talking about their issues.
Their perception is that “only weak people get depressed” and they make comments such as “what is anxiety? – it’s just made up,” “I don’t show my emotions” and “real men don’t cry”.
She explained: “At Chris’s House, we see first-hand what living with mental distress does and we are working tirelessly to fight the stigma, which stops men in particular coming forward for help sooner. Chris’s House is here to offer you a safe and non-judgemental space to meet and chat about the struggles you are facing.”
The new men’s support group, starting soon, will be facilitated by a qualified counsellor and will include guest speakers who have come through their own mental health crises. For further information, call 01236 766755 or email email@example.com
There to help Anne Rowan, founder of Chris’s House, with Kim Armstrong, inset