Here you will find information on some of the organisations I've come across since starting TALK.
For urgent help, please use the contacts below:
Free, confidential advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Call: 116 123
THE EDINBURGH CRISIS CENTRE
Call: 0808 801 0414
Men Matter Scotland
The Positive Support Network for Men
We exist to support All Men’s mental health, improve men's quality of life, expand and enrich men’s connections. We facilitate activities that support positive mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing for men.
We run weekly groups, sessions and activities, facilitated on a peer to peer basis where men can meet in a safe and friendly place, talk openly, be listened to and feel supported without judgment within a confidential setting from people who are equal to you – your peers. Men from all walks of life come together daily/weekly to share their experiences, their struggles and their advice with one another. In our peer support network and groups you are able to talk to other men who have first-hand lived experience of similar situations. Men can come along, take part, have fun, get fit, meet new people. Or men can simply come along, see what we are about and listen without any pressure to talk. This is absolutely fine too.
We also run FREE weekly sessions for All Men to attend. All sessions are aimed to support Good health (both mental and physical), and are a perfect opportunity for men to become connected in positive meaningful activities. Come along and make new friends; get fitter; gain new skills and confidence; regain a sense of purpose and ultimately be a positive male role model within your family and community.
Edinburgh Blue Balls
Weekly sea dips to give men the chance to improve mental and physical health. Men supporting Men.
The Edinburgh Blue Balls is a weekly men's mental health and cold water dipping group located in Portobello, Edinburgh. Our group meets twice a week for a refreshing dip in the cold waters of Portobello, with a social aspect to the experience. Before the dip, we usually gather up to 30 minutes early to catch up with each other, and then head down to the beach at a designated time. The beach serves as our changing room, and we wait for each other to arrive so that we can take a group photo (optional) and enter the water together as a supportive group. You are welcome to spend as much time as you like in the water; there's no competition or pressure. Please be sure to read our safety advice before dipping with us. After the dip, we quickly change into warm clothes and enjoy a hot drink. To add to the social element, we head for a meet up The Porty Tap on Thursdays, and on Sunday mornings, we all gather around The Little Green van for a hot drink and a pastry.
Joshua Nolan Foundation
Two people end their lives in Scotland every day. That’s more than the amount who die on Scotland’s roads in traffic accidents. UK wide suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 and 49. And that’s even more than cancer and heart disease. Every suicide is a preventable tragedy.
JNF’s aim is to reduce these numbers by helping to fund quality therapy sessions for those who desperately need it, whilst also improving awareness of the issue and the support available.
Andy's Man Club
IT’S OKAY TO TALK.
ANDYSMANCLUB are a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. We want to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. #ITSOKAYTOTALK