Swindon Sobs, the charity which helps people deal with the suicide of a loved one, is the first in Britain to start an Engaging Men group.
Retired headteacher Steven Carter, whose son took his life in 2011, has developed the programme. He said: “Men find it difficult to talk in a group eye-to-eye. They bottle the questions up and don’t have a way to release the emotions that pile up inside. Engaging Men is an activity based group where men can talk in their own time, shoulder-to-shoulder.”
The new project was launched at the office of North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson who said: “It’s vital for people in distressed circumstances to receive the peer to peer support they need in a way which benefits them most effectively.”
The first Swindon Sobs Engaging Men event will be football fun day and barbeque hosted by Nationwide on Sunday 14 August.
Male survivors affected by suicide and interested in support from the group should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org