AMH New Horizons Foyle opened a ‘Men’s Den’ on the 14th June, to mark Men’s Mental Health Week.
This group will meet twice a week to participate in gender specific issues i.e loneliness, support awareness, Eco therapy, health, wellbeing, cost of living crisis and engage in activities that in cooperate the 5 ways to wellbeing concepts essential for good mental health; Connect, Learn, Be Active, Giving & Take Notice.
Co-facilitated by EBE Glenn Carlin and Staff, the Men will engage in activities such as ‘Leave no Trace’, board games, Movement to music, music therapy, kite making & flying, crafts, sustainable gardening, cooking on a budget, poetry & pastries, Outdoor pursuits, Air Fryer tips & tricks etc.
The service which is for existing clients, will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, creating additionally to the week. Networking and connection will feature high on the agenda with visits planned to meet with all the Men’s Shed groups that are established around the City and County plus other to AMH’s sheds based in New Horizons Antrim, Fermanagh and Downpatrick.
Service Manager Pauline Flanagan said “The impact of COVID-19 has exasperated mental ill health. This additional service will enable Men to connect & engage with each other and the wider community. I am delighted to be able to facilitate this client led initiative.”
The “Working it Out” project is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020, the Department for the Economy and the five NI Health & Social Care Trusts.