The Guille Alles Library, Guernsey Mind and Man Club will be encouraging men with mental health concerns to open up this evening.
They are joining up to host a free event supporting men's mental health at 19:00 this evening, which will see four members of Man Club talk about their own mental health journeys and encourage others not to suffer in silence.
Attendees of 'Get Loud in the Library' will have the opportunity to share their own stories if they wish, as well as take part in a Drumming Circle, which research has shown can have significant mental health benefits.
“For a long time culturally there has been an idea that men need to ‘man up’ and not share their feelings and emotions with one another," said Man Club Founder Phil Surry. "At Man Club we have created an environment where men can share openly in a confidential space that is non-judgmental and supportive.
Pictured: Phil Surry also featured in Gaz Papworth's acclaimed and award-winning documentary 'Man Down'.
"Libraries have often been stereotyped into being places of silence and solitude – this event is all about getting loud in a library, and we are literally going to do that by kicking off the night with a drumming circle. I’m expecting a huge wave of collective energy in what is going to be a really powerful evening.”
Sam Cochrane, former Guernsey FC captain, and Matt Falla, Head of Private Banking at SG Hambros, will discuss their mental health journeys and the role Man Club played in their recovery.
Meanwhile life coach Richard Clarke and Mr Surry will discuss how and why Man Club works, and what they’ve learned in the two years it’s been running.
Jackie Burgess, Community & Outreach Librarian, said: “We know that one in eight men suffer from a common mental health problem, and we also know that men are less likely than women to come forward with their mental health issues. This event is a great opportunity to draw attention to that, as we collaborate with Man Club as part of our mission to support all areas of the community.”
The event is free, but tickets must be booked at library.gg/getloud. All are welcome.
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