The HUMEN project will start with the fundraising campaign on Sunday 4 December
Author: Mick CoylePublished 3 hours ago
Last updated 3 hours ago
This weekend, “Pub Pilgrimages” are taking place in 13 UK cities, including Manchester, to raise awareness of the number of men who commit suicide each year.
The HUMEN organization’s ‘Rise Against Suicide’ initiative has supporters walk 5,151 meters before arriving at venues across the country.
It is distressing that the journey will be 500 meters further this year than in 2021, as suicides increased in the previous year.
Mental health conversations in the community
HUMEN researched men’s habits when it comes to talking about their mental health. It found:
- 85% of men do not talk about their feelings when they are with friends in the pub
- 63% discuss sports and 54% share jokes together, but only 15% discuss each other’s feelings.
- 37% said they ‘didn’t want to bring the mood down’
- But 78% of men agree they should talk more about mental health in the pub
The events will take place on Sunday 4 December.
On the day, participants are encouraged to start with a group walk, led by HUMEN and the local community, to commemorate every life lost in 2022.
Once completed, they return to their local pub and are encouraged to donate the cost of a typical round and support HUMEN’s work through the Mental Health Pub Menu
This year’s walk is 500 meters further than in 2021
Founder and actor River Hawkins told us, “We all need friendly spaces to talk, listen and connect. Pubs are the cornerstone of communities, but as our research tells us, they are currently wasted on men – who seemingly prefer to talk about something other than their personal trials and tribulations.
Listen to the full talk with River on the Mental Health Monday Podcast
“We truly believe that these kinds of hangouts can play an important role in tackling suicide and mental health, if only we use it for good, rather than the traditional ‘drink and forget’ mentality that plagues male social circles.
“This is the second year of our Rise Against Suicide and we plan to do Rise every year for years to come. Speaking openly with friends, family and professionals are essential steps to overcome the hidden issues and barriers in our quest to to reduce the number of suicides and in turn reduce the number of meters we walk next year.”
Where can I join?
The following pubs are all hosting Rise Against Suicide events from 10am on Sunday 4th December:
Brighton – The Victoria, Victoria Road in Portslade
London – Devonshire Arms, 7 Duke St, Marylebone
London – The Old Coffee House, 49 Beak St, Soho
London – The Two Bridges, 186 Tooley St, London Bridge
London – The Elm, 206 North End Road, Fulham
Cardiff-New Inn, 75A Caerphilly Rd, Birchgrove
Edinburgh – Athletic Arms (Gravers), 1-3 Angle Park Terrace
Manchester – Atlas Bar, 376 Deansgate
Nottingham – The Stage, 7a Wollaton St
Leeds – Commercial Inn, 78 Elland Rd, Churwell
Bristol – Fishponds Tap, 693 Fishponds Rd
Birmingham – The Raven, 144 Hodge Hill Rd, Stechford
Glasgow – Thornwood, 724 Dumbarton Rd
Sheffield – The Loxley Sports Bar & Grill, Loxley New Road
Newcastle – City Tavern, 10 Northumberland Rd
Liverpool – Cross Keys, 13 Earle St
Romsey near Southampton-Phoenix, 30-32 The Hundred, Romsey
Hampton in Arden – 10 High St, Hampton in Arden, Solihull (starts at 11am)
Read more about HUMEN and how to get involved.
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