The Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation partner with three organisations to meet the needs of men with mental health issues from the local community through the MoveMENt project.
The Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation, alongside 3 partner organisations of LiveWire, Warrington Speak Up and Directions for Men have worked in collaboration to meet the needs of men with mental health issues from the local community over the last 18 months through funding received from Cheshire Community Foundation.
With a key focus on emotional wellbeing, the staff and volunteers have engaged over 400 men with mental health issues in the last 18 months from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and personal circumstances through the MoveMENt project.
How did they do this?
To understand how MoveMENt could best support men during this uncertain time, the collective partnership carried out some research to understand the mental health experiences of males within Warrington, the challenges that they are facing, the coping strategies that they are using, and the support they would like to receive moving forward.
As a result of the funding received from Cheshire Community Foundation, a weekly menu of new physical activity, peer support, creative and social opportunities have been created to improve the emotional wellbeing of men through increased social connectedness.
One of the legacies of the MoveMENt project is the Darkness into Light Walk which takes place on World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) where people are encouraged to walk from Widnes to Warrington alongside men from the MoveMENt project, to raise awareness and challenge the stigma of mental health whilst supporting others to access help when they need it most.
In the UK, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women with middle-aged men experiencing higher suicide rates so if you or someone you know would like to take part, please book your place now.
The walk provides an opportunity to connect with people, have honest conversations and share personal experiences knowing that there is someone walking beside you.