Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre in Elgin has launched its #MENtionIt campaign as a way of encouraging men to talk about their mental health and wellbeing. The campaign will shine a spotlight on the issues around men’s mental health and wellbeing, and will run until the end of March. Staff at the centre are encouraging people to follow their the campaign’s progress on the Centre’s Facebook page and people are already contacting them with feedback and taking part in group workshops.
The Centre’s Support Manager, Pauline Forbes, said:
“We’re delighted to launch the #MENtionIt campaign because it will be a really exciting way of engaging with the local community, and particularly in reaching out to men who we know can often struggle to talk about their mental health and wellbeing. We want men to know that it’s ok to #StartTheConversation. We want to encourage men to look after their mental wellbeing just as they would their physical health. We know that everyone’s mental health journey is different, that’s why we work with people to find the tools that work for them.
“Our fantastic team here in Moray are kind, compassionate and really skilled at what they do so we hope #MENtionIt will encourage men to reach out, but we also want the local community to get involved in the campaign. Whether it’s your husband, your boyfriend or your brother, it’s really important that people recognise the signs when someone might be going through a tough time and need some support. Sometimes it can be as simple as starting the conversation and asking how you’re feeling.”
The campaign will include gathering stories of real people from across Moray talking about their own mental health experience through a series of short films, entitled Different Perspectives. Videos of no more than two minutes in length can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff at the Centre are asking people to submit their own short videos as part of the project or to get in touch if they want to be involved. Participants can be men who have lived experience of mental ill health or loved ones who have supported a family member.
The campaign has also included a series of group workshops featuring special guests including the #DoricClimber (pictured) who opened up about his own experiences of mental ill health through his hill walking videos.
The charity hopes to reach out to men and get men talking, but also to engage friends and family members in recognising when their loved one might be struggling to cope.