Sharing Whatever is On Your Mind
Essentially, a MenCheck-In is a great space to share whatever is on your mind, release some pressure and connect with others in a welcoming, confidential, and non-clinical space.
It’s simply a men’s group, not a mental health support group, which allows for other needs to be met, like needs for connection, community, and having a good laugh. “We aim at early prevention of mental health issues. If a man has nowhere to share the small stuff or ‘just hang out’ before he knows it he could be facing bigger problems down the line.” Mammarella-D’Cruz says.
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For Kenny it’s simple “We want these groups to be as available as 12-step programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous and feel as normal a routine for men as heading to the gym for a workout or the pub to wind down.”
Echoing those sentiments, MenCheck-in group regular Bertie Harriman-Smith explains “The groups are essential for me for maintaining my sanity and remembering what life is really about… I can chat, hang out, laugh, talk about real issues and feel connected in such a disconnected and chaotic time. I’ve checked in while I’ve been dangerously on the edge and I’ve also shown up for good company with nothing in particular up at all.”
These mini-men’s groups are currently running online every day, Mon-Sat 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sun 10.30am-11.30am, and you can donate however much you like towards the running of the online MenCheck-Ins.
Recently, MenCheck-ins big brother MenSpeak celebrated accreditation of all training sessions, meaning anyone can become a men’s group facilitator. The workshops are led by founder, Kenny, who imparts the knowledge he’s gleaned from two decades worth of experience in facilitating groups.
Note from writer: If you feel you are experiencing mental health struggles please follow the links below
The MenCheck-In Groups website
Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz (dubbed The Man Whisperer by ‘Newsweek’) meets Covid-19 issues with weekday lunchtime mini-men’s groups. He has facilitated men’s groups for 20 years, worked as a personal development consultant for 30 years and trains men and women to effectively communicate with men. His groups take the edge of mental health issues, reduce suicide and domestic violence figures and empower men to communicate and contribute to their families, communities and be the change they want see in society. He has worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and his mental health / refugee story is available HERE