Sunderland Headlight is a service user led mental health project that provides a number of supportive services to help those experiencing mental health issues.
One aspect of this is the Men’s Group. It’s a space for men to meet regularly and participate in activities they choose, which creates a space where they are comfortable to talk about things that matter to them. This leads to a sense of community and belonging being developed as they support each other to develop coping strategies, access other services, and achieve positive outcomes.
By working together and supporting each other, they learn to recognise their value – they are more than the label of their mental illness. This is true teamwork. Every man brings an individual strength to the group, and when these strengths are combined to work towards a shared goal, great outcomes can be achieved.
This group wants to reach more men and help as many as possible – and they could achieve a great deal with £250. They are looking at taking their work to other projects and encouraging other men to join in. They want to share their skills, learn new ones, and reduce stigma for men around talking about their mental health. Their next project is working together as a team to make bug hotels and bird boxes to give to children to paint in a local community garden, as well as encouraging men who access the community garden to join them and expand their team and positive work.