On November 19 International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. We highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being.
As part of Burton and District Mind’s commitment to International Mens Day, we joined up with Central England Cooperative Society at their Men’s Voices Event at Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium on 16 November 2021.
As well as supporting as Mental Health First Aiders for the day, we contributed to discussions around suicide awareness, men’s mental health and a really interesting discussion on what it means to be male in the 21st century.
Pictured: Keri Lawrence, Development and Sustainability Officer; Shane Woolley, Community Help Associate; and Rob Hallot, Development Associate (Photo Credit: Mike Wetson, Mental Health Ambassador)
Key note speakers included Alex Staniforth from the charity Mind over Mountains who shared his inspirational story and his thought provoking ideas of accepting and dealing with challenges, and Shane Nicholson, professional footballer, regarding his recovery from substance misuse and re-establishing his career following this. Both stories were full of hope and inspiration reminding us of that no matter how difficult or dangerous our situation might be, there’s always hope.
You can find out more about the Central England Cooperative Society at https://www.centralengland.coop/.
The Mind Over Mountains website is https://mindovermountains.org.uk/
And International Mens Day is fully described at https://internationalmensday.com/