November is Men’s Health Month. Read these inspiring stories from two men who have accessed our therapy services.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to Gaddum, and particularly to Claire Pickering, who supported me during the most difficult time in my life. My 5 year old daughter earned her angel wings after fighting brain cancer for almost 26 months.
I had regular sessions with Claire who always listened to my most intimate feelings, emotions and thoughts and guided me to overcome the difficult journey I had started soon after my daughter’s departure.
I now feel more confident, and excited about the future. I have learnt how to manage my grief and how to deal with it when it comes unexpectedly.
I have learnt a couple of strategies to get on with my life and having always my daughter on my heart and mind. That’s it; that is the most valuable lesson I have learnt: My daughter will be always with me, doesn’t matter what.
I also gained the reassurance my daughter will never be forgotten.”
“As a typical bloke I really didn’t know what to think when we first started speak. The issues we had as a family with a poorly 11 year old lad going through a bone marrow transplant and now on a lung transplant list. I just felt I should be able to deal with all this on my own – I didn’t need to speak to anyone as “I AM A MAN” I felt I should be bullet proof for my family. How wrong I was!
Being able to open up to some one that isn’t directly involved in my family and slowly getting me to open up fully to what my son is going though! I feel now I am able to speak/deal and come to terms with all the possibility’s my son may go through.
At first there was no way I could talk about the “D” word! Yes death! Don’t get me wrong this is the last possible outcome I want for the lad who is everything to me but there is a chance he may not make it. But do you know what….because of the conversation with you I will have made every effort for my lad to have his best life!
Opening up as a male isn’t easy, but this is something that has helped me massively coming to terms with everything. Whilst having these chats with Claire my mum passed away – Just another issue in my life that I had no control over and I honestly think because of my conversations with you I have been more mentally prepared to cope and come to terms with my loss.
My experience with Claire, I could talk all day about and this letter could go on and on! As with all the chats we have a seed is planted and make me think more and more on how I do things day in day out – How I plan our life as a family, how I look at what’s happened and happening.
I wish I could say more to express my gratitude! But all I can say is two small words “Thank You”.
According to the Mental Health Foundation:
- Three times as many men as women die by suicide
- Men aged 40 to 49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK
- Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women, according to the Government’s national well-being survey
- Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women: only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men
*Names have been changed. To get in touch with our therapy team call 0161 834 6069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.