Here is some information on a completely FREE & Voluntary online mental health resource for men organised right here in Tipperary but attended by people all over the world.
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Fortnightly Online Peer Group and Support Group
The MenScape group was created in Feb 2020 by published author and public speaker Carl J Ashley.
The group is about sharing ideas and information, and is mostly, but not exclusively, aimed at guys who have experienced grief, loss, bereavement, separation, divorce, addiction and depression.
Although we are there to listen to one another, and provide support, it is more of a peer group than a support group.
The format of our fortnightly meetings is open forum where we all have a platform to talk openly without judgement or interruption, and then interact freely as we would if we were sitting together at a table in a pub.
During 2020, there have been many occasions where the public were advised to stay home, and restaurants, churches, pubs and places where people could meet together, were all closed down, impacting upon the social and human need for connection.
Thus, the idea behind MenScape was to function as a ‘digital pub’, where we can meet and chat online, without breaking the regulations and restrictions imposed by government on the people.
The group has not been actively marketed to date, and relies on personal invitations, but with further lockdowns and mental health awareness coming to the fore, it would do no harm to share the group to a wider audience.
If you would like to join us and see what it’s all about, email me on email@example.com
We created a WhatsApp group, and post up the link to the meeting on Zoom. Despite one or two technologically induced hiccups, it has gone well and the format is simple and engaging, for those with the time and intention to contribute. Member from Canada, Spain, Ireland and the UK are involved and because it is online, location does not restrict us.
There is no pressure to join. Members of the group are free to contribute in the whatsapp group or come online if they are available. We all have busy lives and some can contribute more than others.
It has been a pleasure to host the group for the last nine months and we have had some very interesting meetings!
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Carl J Ashley