We run an informal group for Men every Thursday evening, which takes place online, via Zoom.

The group is facilitated by staff / volunteers with the aim of encouraging men to meet, talk, share experiences, support each other and make friends. It's an informal and friendly group and all are welcome.

 

There's no obligation to attend every week - you can just call in on the day and join the guys for a brew and a chat. If you're seeking advice or information, the ManKind facilitators can signpost you to appropriate support and share resources. They can also tell you about the other services provided by Sheffield Mind that may also be appropriate.

 

If you'd like to attend, the group runs from 5 - 6.45pm every Thursday. For joining instructions, email [email protected]

You can call the office for further information on 0114 258 4489 

Meet The ManKind Team

Tim

The group is facilitated by our volunteer, Tim, a former social worker, who is committed to raising awareness of mental health issues and helping men to find the confidence to access services and ask for help. 

As an experienced mental health worker he is aware of the services available to men in the city and can help and advise should service specific information be required. 

Read more about Tim.

 Haeran

Our other facilitator, Haeran, is the Heath Engagement Officer here at Sheffield Mind. Some of you may recognise him from our very popular Friendly Friday open house events which took place at our Wellbeing Centre, prior to the pandemic.

Here are some comments which ManKind attendees have said about the group:

 

Mankind is a real lifeline for me in coping with my depression. The support, experiences and friendliness of other members has helped and encouraged me immensely and made me feel much less lonely and isolated.

I’ve struggled for years, for longer than I can remember. I've struggled with my fears, anxieties, the things that made me worry and fret that would keep me up all night. But I am a dad, I have children and a wife, so I have to be strong. I heard my friends and family say, ‘man up’ or tell me that I'm a real man because I cope well. I didn’t cope well. I just didn’t talk about things, bottled it all up and kept quiet. Until the day I planned to end it all, because it was too much. Now I don’t struggle, I talk, and listen and share my thoughts and feelings. Mankind opened new doors for me, when I could only see one door left. Thank you.

I have mental health problems, that’s what I am told. I am told that by friends and family, and soon believed I must be a problem. I became withdrawn, quiet and felt like my loved ones couldn’t hear me. Then I made it to Mankind. I don’t get to join every week, because with the groups help I’ve learned so much, I found new ways to talk and express how I feel, new ways to be heard and now I do more. I get out more. I live more.

I thought it must just be me… Like I got life wrong somehow and it was a game I didn’t understand. Then I joined the group, and at ManKind I realised, guys like me just don’t open up enough. We don’t talk things through. That’s like playing a game of Cluedo without asking any questions isn’t it? The chaps who come to ManKind are a great bunch, who help each other just by chatting and caring. 

I didn’t used to go in for this talking and hugging stuff. Never was one for it. Just pick yourself up and get on with it. That was my style. Then all that changed, I hit rock bottom but couldn’t understand how I ended up there. My daughter referred me to ManKind, said I needed to talk more. I went along, begrudgingly, and learned that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

I was always quiet and struggled, used to think about suicide as a way of ending the awful feeling I had. Now I don’t struggle like that, I struggle, but then I know what to do next, I know what steps to take, because the guys on ManKind are full of advice and support. Then I know what to try, and how to pick myself up again when things are hard and I feel like I failed. Suicide isn’t an option anymore, there’s too many useful options instead, and Mankind helped me find them.

I had lots going on, lots of worries, bills, car, wife, kids, work… Too much. Chatting to the guys lets me de stress, ease the worries and realise I am not alone. ManKind is a lifeline.

The camaraderie and support I have experienced through ManKind has really helped with my depression.

Joining ManKind was the best thing to come from this pandemic, and the help it has given me through my anxiety and depression have been really valuable.

I look forward to Thursday evenings, it’s social, warm and friendly. It makes me remember that having friends, talking about things is normal and helpful. Guys that have maybe nothing in common, who can still get together and put the world to rights. I look forward to Thursdays.