Free Men in the Middle workshop for community groups: 24th March 2020

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Due to the Corona-19 virus this workshop is postponed until further notice.

Are middle-aged men not interested in looking after their own mental health? Or are we simply not offering them the right things in the right way?

If you're a community or voluntary group, and you want to increase your engagement with middle-aged men around mental health issues, this one-day workshop may be of interest.

Men in the Middle: Engaging Middle-aged Men in Mental Health and Well-being: Tuesday 24th March 2020, from 9am-4.30pm in Bray.

The workshop was developed by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI), and is a new unit in the highly successful and long-running ‘Engage’ National Men’s Health Training Programme. It has been funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention. Bray Area Partnership is working collaboratively with the MHFI through our SICAP programme to bring this workshop to Bray.

Aim of workshop

  • To assist practitioners and service-providers to connect with, and develop practical strategies for engaging with, middle-aged men on mental health and well-being.
  • To focus on the engagement process (why and how to build relationships with middle-aged men) rather than how to offer a mental health programme.


To explore themes such as:

  • How to create a ‘safe space’ for middle-aged men.Why we need to work with middle-aged men around mental health issues.

  • Empathising with the world of middle-aged men, the key issues that they face, and the specific pressures and difficulties they face.

  • Protective factors for good mental health and well-being in middle-age.

  • Our own value base, experience, attitudes towards and expectations of middle-aged men, and how this impacts on our interactions.

  • Examples of what works in practice / what a male-friendly service might look like.

Who Should Attend?

  • Practitioners and service-providers from community and voluntary groups operating in the Greater Bray and Greystones areas who wish to connect in more meaningful ways with middle-aged men.

Call 01 286 8266 to find out more and book your place.

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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.