Man2Man

Peer Support

Man2Man

 

Man2Man is our telephone based peer support service from a trained StrongMen volunteer with first-hand experience of losing a loved one.

Men who contact StrongMen for support will be triaged, based on their completed application form, and follow up calls (if necessary). Dependent on this process beneficiaries will be offered the opportunity to speak with one of our trained volunteers for a friendly chat. Each beneficiary will receive up to six weeks of peer support from StrongMen.

The service seeks to capitalise on the connection felt between two people with similar shared life experiences, simply knowing your volunteer has empathy with your situation maximises trust without fear of judgement.

All our peer support volunteers have received support themselves from one of our services.

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What is Peer Support?

Peer support is built on empathy based around shared experiences, focusing on your strengths, rather than weaknesses with the goal of achieving wellbeing and recovery. It may be social, emotional or practical support but, importantly, peer support is mutually offered and reciprocal, allowing you to benefit from the support whether you are giving or receiving it.

Though the language of peer support is relatively new in the UK, in practice self-help groups and mutual support has been around for many years. In Canada and the USA, peer support in its various forms has been a widely recognised and utilised resource that has been developing since the 1960s. In recent years there has been an increasing emphasis on the value of peer support in the UK.

Research has shown that peer-run self-help groups yield improvement in psychiatric symptoms resulting in decreased hospitalisation, larger social support networks and enhanced self-esteem and social functioning.

Peer support comes in a range of guises including listening, mentoring, education, tutoring and meditation, our service is based on “peer listening and discussion”. Our volunteers have been trained in a variety of counselling skills including active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, confidentiality and problem solving.

The benefits of peer support are wide ranging including the peer support workers themselves, helping improve their mental health, key to this being the increased empathy and respect that peer supporters have for the individuals they support. Providing and receiving support increases self-esteem, confidence and positive feelings that increase the ability to cope with mental health problems.

Peer support also has significant benefits to the NHS with earlier intervention relieving the pressure through reduced hospital admissions for those taking part.

 

Eligibility:

To access the service:

  • You must have suffered a bereavement and be contacting us for support for this
  • You must be living in the UK

M2M Extra Time

Extra Time runs alongside Man2Man peer support service currently staffed by trained volunteers.

Sometimes the needs of individuals fall outside the training and expertise that volunteers can provide, this is where Man2Man Extra Time steps in. Staffed by fully qualified Counsellors this service is provided over 12 sessions, designed, and administered to support those with complex needs and symptoms. Applications for Man2Man Extra Time are via the link above and will be triaged by our qualified and experienced team prior to commencement.

Read more about our Man2Man Extra Time Counselling

 

If you would like to register for support from the Man2Man service, please complete the Registration form here, and one of our team will be in touch.

 

Testimonials:

  • "Working with StrongMen was one of the best decisions I could make to help deal with what had happened….. Also part of the Man2Man Peer Support scheme for other people contacting the charity is something I have been very proud of."

    - RR

  • "For years I felt like I was alone and never had anyone to talk to just because I was a man, until I got into StrongMen. Without their help I would not be the man I am today"

    - KW

  • "The brotherhood I am now part of and the friendships I have formed since being involved with the charity has been life changing."

    - JA

  • "I really don’t know what I would have done without StrongMen this year."

    - MC

  • "StrongMen create the opportunities to grow self-esteem. With trust, honesty, and support I’ve learnt to be kinder to myself."

    - MD

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