MENtalk - a new mental health support service in Warwick

A community sports charity which operates across Coventry and Warwickshire is set to launch in Warwick this September.
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MENtalk was developed by Sky Blues in the Community (SBitC), the charity linked to Coventry City Football Club with the aim of supporting men across Coventry and Warwickshire with their emotional health and well-being.

Sky Blues in the Community’s mental health team will start to deliver MENtalk at St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick (CV34 4QY) starting on Tuesday 21st September from 11am till 1pm.

Each session is led by the Mental Health Co-ordinator with support from SBitC’s professional sports coaches, with the opportunity for attendees to choose activities and discussions.

Workshop content varies but can include group sports, team games, gardening, yoga, creative activities, one-to-one support, and classroom-based sessions in a fun, welcoming, non-clinical environment. The project is open to all men, not just those with an interest in football or sport.

Workshops relate to subjects such as:

  • anxiety and stress management
  • feeling low
  • self-compassion
  • mindfulness
  • sleeping well
  • healthy eating
  • substance misuse
  • stopping smoking 

To find out more, or join up please contact Robbie Chandler, MENTalk's Mental Health Co-ordinator.

Email: Robert.Chandler@sbitc.org.uk

07845 812 639

Men can ask to join at any time. Referrals are also accepted through professionals. 

What people have said so far about MENtalk:

“You’ve helped in so many ways. I’m not sure you realise how awesome this project is from a person to have lived with this illness for so long. Talking with you has helped to calm me down and get me in a better place. This group is awesome for me. My wife wants to thank you as well as she’s seen a change.”

I’m not exaggerating when I say this course has been a lifesaver as I was really struggling and running out of options about how I was going to keep going before being introduced to this course.

“I found the sessions have improved my mental health. It helped me to talk about my feelings and thoughts about my mental health. It was useful listening to others about their experiences also. I feel I can talk more now about how I feel.”

“Safe environment and it’s also helpful to see others in the same situation regarding feelings and thoughts to understand I'm not alone and this makes our team a team.”

I have gone from Zero to Hero. I can control my anxiety attacks to an extent now using the methods we were shown in the sessions, and I have stopped taking medication because of the training I’ve received.
In this film, Dave talks about how MENtalk has supported him.

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