Men Tell Health, a local organisation devoted to men and mental health based in Teesside, have been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award (Gender) at the National Diversity Awards 2017.
They run a number of men-only support groups in the Tees Valley in Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar, all designed to be very different from the typical ‘support
group’. They use venues that are conducive to talking and offer a relaxed, informal, yet supportive environment for men of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and experiences to
come together and help each other.
Their success in reaching this point comes from over 22,000 nominations and votes which were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.
The prestigious black tie event provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
Gary Pollard, Men Tell Health’s Chief Executive, said “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. For a small organisation like ours, it’s incredibly humbling to have been recognised at a national level for the work we do across Tees Valley to reduce male suicide and help men talk about their own mental health.”
Men Tell Health joins fellow north-east nominees South Tyneside Against Bullying who are nominated in the Community Organisation (Age).
Their unique approach to engage with men means that the way they use humour to destigmatise mental ill-health is a fresh approach in an area that has regularly seen the highest suicide rates in the UK. For more information, head over to Mentellhealth.org.