Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Fri 17th November 2023
Train stations across Derbyshire, including in Alfreton, will be highlighting the work of a support charity this weekend.
East Midlands Railway (EMR) is teaming up with a peer-to-peer support group, ‘Andy’s Man Club,’ to help highlight the importance of men looking after their mental health.
A spokesman at EMR said: “Andy’s Man Club is a vital initiative that aims to break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health by fostering a sense of community and offering a platform for open conversations.
“The organisation provides a safe space where men can share their experiences and support each other on a peer-to-peer basis.”
As part of International Men’s Day on Sunday, November 19, EMR will be displaying posters up and down its network – including at Alfreton Train Station – to encourage men to seek support.
The spokesman continued: “By placing these posters prominently in stations, EMR aims to contribute to the destigmatisation of men’s mental health issues and promote the importance of open conversations.
“The process involves bringing together men who have faced similar situations, encouraging them to share their lived experiences and strategies for coping with various challenges.
“No problem is too big or too small, as the focus is on supporting one another. The weekly sessions revolve around five key questions designed to promote dialogue, highlight positive aspects, and develop strategies for personal growth.”
Lucy Gallacher, Emergency Planning Manager at East Midlands Railway, added: “We are proud to stand alongside Andy’s Man Club in raising awareness for men’s mental health on International Men’s Day.
“The charity is easy to access and provides a supportive space for men to connect and share their experiences.
“We are committed to helping our customers, communities, and colleagues deal with mental health issues and hope that this poster campaign enables someone to reach out and get the support they need.”
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