Support for men
The council is aware of the importance of understanding there are more genders than male and female.
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:
You can find out more information at Men's advice line at their website [external link]
You can contact Men's advice line on
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:
- stories by men
- details of who can provide support
You can find out more at the website [external link]
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].
Mankind Initiative Service Directory
The ManKind Initiative charity has launched an online services directory [external link] (Oak Book) containing information about local community-based support services for male victims of domestic abuse.