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International Men's Day

Friday 19 November 2021

International Men’s Day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. It highlights positive role models and raises awareness of men’s wellbeing.

One of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality not only for men but for women too. In this spirit, the theme for 2021 is “Better relations between men and women.”

More information at:

The council is aware of the importance of understanding there are more genders than male and female.

Training opportunities and resources

Free training session

Wednesday 17 November 2021 

10:30 - 11:30am

This complimentary webinar is for anyone with a personal or organisational interest in wellbeing for men and the importance of supporting everyone at this phase of life.

Attending this webinar will help you:

  • To understand how midlife can be a “new beginning” and not a crisis
  • Learn what we (as individuals and organisations) can do to support people at this time and the benefits
  • Educate other people about male midlife, stimulate thought, and realise the importance of supporting everyone going through this phase
  • Spread awareness of what might happen at midlife
  • Raise awareness of some of the issues men may face at midlife and the importance of supporting them, as well as the impact on relationships, society, and organisations

Cannot make it on that day? Register and we will send you a video of the webinar through our YouTube channel [external link]

Click here to register 

Wednesday 17 November 2021

"Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and the Impact on their Children"

This is a morning conference (9.30 to 12.30) and is aimed at aimed at professionals and practitioners who wish to find out how to support male victims or already work with domestic abuse male victims/survivors. It attracts three CPD points.

It will focus on the:

  • Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s support for male victims
  • Latest academic research
  • Findings from male survivor courses
  • Hearing directly about the impact on the children of male victims

Speakers and programme 

  • Nicole Jacobs (Domestic Abuse Commissioner): Support for male victims
  • Dr Elizabeth Bates (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Cumbria): Summary of the latest research on male victims
  • Marilyn Selwood IDVA (Services Associate, ManKind Initiative): Experiences of the online ManKind Initiative Pattern Changing Course for survivors
  • Survivor Voice: “Male Victims and the impact upon children” interviews with a father, and, the former partner of a murdered father


Register in advance for this meeting:

Click here to book 

There are confidential services available for men and boys. 

Click here to visit the website [external link]

or click here to view the leaflet

ManHealth provide free peer support groups and a WebChat and Connect service across County Durham and Northumberland for men with depression and other mental health conditions.

We know that the intense emotional pain you can experience when depressed can distort your thinking so it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems, or to connect with those who can offer support.

We also know that peer support offered by someone who has a lived experience of mental ill health can help men.

Visit the ManHealth website [external link] for details


Male carers are a socially isolated group and miss out on spending time with friends and family members. Men who give up work to care, or are unemployed, are particularly isolated and support for male carers should have particular focus on addressing social isolation in this group.

Information about the experiences and needs of male carers can be found in the men's health forum survey [external link]

For support in your caring role, please contact Darlington Carers Support:

Morrison Trust Men’s Shed - Darlington is a space where men from the Darlington area can meet to share and develop their IT skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

We hope the project will give men, who feel isolated because they are out of work, the chance to socialise and meet like-minded people.

We want the Men’s Shed to be a safe place where men can meet up, have a chat and a cuppa and learn some practical IT skills to help them find work.

If you have an interest in learning about any area of IT (e.g. programming, computer repair, gaming, IT security and building computers) and would like to get together with people with a shared interest, The Shed could be the place for you!

It would be great to get people involved who have experience in IT and skills to share too; you might be employed in IT and feel you could contribute to The Shed by supporting others.

We hope The Shed will have a positive impact on mental health through:

  • increased wellbeing
  • reducing isolation
  • peer support
  • increased confidence and self-esteem
  • awareness of additional support and services

You can contact Men's Shed Darlington by:

The Men’s Shed project is possible thanks to County Durham Community Foundation who are supporting Morrison Trust with funding from the NHS Health Improvement Fund.

Groundwork North East and Cumbria deliver a weekly men’s shed project at Bell Burn allotments in Darlington

The sessions run every Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm

Sessions comprise of allotment work, woodwork, painting and clearance

The allotment has a weather proofed shed, tea and coffee making facilities and toilets on site

This is for any men aged 18+ who what’s to get out and meet new people , in a safe environment

You can contact Natalie for more information on:


Raising awareness and support for improving men's health

For more information please visit the website [external link]

You can find out more information at Men's advice line at their website [external link]

You can contact Men's advice line on

Mon–Fri 9am-8pm

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm,
Sat & Sun 10am-12pm & 4pm-6pm

There is also webchat support via the website [external link]

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
10–11am and 3–4pm

Mankind offers a confidential helpline which is available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.

ManKind provide an information, support and signposting service to men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife, partner (including same-sex partner) or husband.

For further details visit the ManKind website [external link]

Men's Line is an Australian website

The support service is not available outside of Australia

There are many useful resources and articles

These are available on the website [external link]


The mental health website includes:

  • resources
  • stories by men
  • details of  who can provide support

You can find out more at the website [external link]


Kooth are hosting some sessions around how we can support male mental health.

This is in celebration of Movember and International Men's Day.

This includes a live demo of the site sharing male focussed content and a Q&A session.

Monday 15th November, 10.00-11.00 am

Wednesday 17th November, 4.00-5.00 pm

For tickets click here [external link]

Getting support

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Harbour domestic abuse support service works with families and individuals who are affected by abuse from a partner, former partner or other family member.
Email - [email protected]
Phone - 03000 202525
Website - Harbour [external link].


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