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MEN'S SHARE PROJECT IN MIDLOTHIAN

Suicide, Harm, Awareness, Recovery & Empathy (SHARE) Project

Many men find it hard to talk about their feeling which can mean they find it difficult to find the right support to help them resolve their problems.

The Men's SHARE Project provides an accessible comfortable space which offers social and emotional support.  

SHARE started as a Midlothian pilot project, funded by the Choose Life suicide prevention initiative and is delivered by Health in Mind in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau and available for men aged between 25 and 50.

The project runs: 
Thursdays - Drop in at Dalkeith MVA and Penicuik Town Hall.
Mondays -   Drop in at Newbattle Education Centre from 9.30am – 11.30am
Mondays -   Five-a-Side Football at Loanhead Leisure Centre at 5.30pm.

SHARE aims to reduce risk by having weekly support groups in major population centres. It also has the potential to develop 1:1 support if needed. The project focuses on prevention and intervention, providing support to promote resilience strategies and recovery pathways. It also offers an opportunity to engage in activities that promote a sense of purpose and belonging.

Many ‘at risk’ men have been supported by SHARE with an emphasis on guiding them to appropriate services at an early stage.

Individuals with the group are growing in confidence and are feeling more comfortable about sharing their emotional issues. The project has seen men who have previously been extremely isolated, become involved in both general and targeted conversations.

The evidence indicates that the benefits to Midlothian men could be replicated throughout Scotland. The evaluation report for the project is available here.

For more information, contact the Orchard Centre directly on 0131 663 1616 or email us.