HMMH - Hereford Men's Mental Health Group**
Open to any men in Herefordshire at risk of, suffering from, or recovering from Mental Illness.
This peer support group is co-ordinated by people who have experienced mental ill health, as well as being Mental Health First Aid trained and it gives the attendees a safe place to come and talk about stresses and strains, feelings, depression and other mental health issues in a safe environment amongst people who get it.
The group members support each other over a cuppa and the conversation is often wide ranging and fun too. They have a laugh and joke and some banter, as well as allowing people to talk about the issues they are dealing with.
Every second Monday of each month from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
For more information email HMMHgroup1@gmail.com
HMMH gets published...
Writing for new mental health poetry book was ‘cathartic, a bit scary and ultimately immensely rewarding’
Further Beyond Words showcases original poetry and short stories by men who use creative writing to help them deal with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.
Herefordshire-based horticulturalist, broadcaster and writer Monty Don, who has faced his own struggles with mental illness, has provided a foreword for the book, which also includes artwork by students at Hereford College of Arts.
Many of the book’s 20 poems and stories delve into darker urges and emotions in a cathartic way, while others express hope, positivity and a sense of recovery.
The book is a result of a collaboration between two Hereford-based mental health champions and FurtherBeyond, a local creative writing project. The two main driving forces, Euan McPherson, chief executive of Hereford Services for Independent Living (who also supports Hereford Men’s Mental Health group), and Cllr Paul Stevens, Mayor of Hereford, have experienced mental ill health themselves – and both have contributed poems.
One contributor, using the pen-name BlackDog, said:
‘I'd never considered putting pen to paper before it was suggested by the HMMH group as an opportunity. Suddenly I’d found a way of expressing emotions and feelings that I was otherwise unable to convey - not just to other people but even to myself.
‘Using creative writing as a recovery tool was cathartic, a little bit scary and ultimately immensely rewarding.’
Another contributor, known as Glyn, said:
‘I found the whole process of of writing my feelings down expressively and sharing them hugely therapeutic. Through this book I’m hoping that somebody else is helped in a similar way.’
Funding for the project was provided by Herefordshire Community Foundation and Great Places.
The books can be bought for £6.99:
- at SIL's office at 1 St Owen’s Way, Leominster Enterprise Park, Herefordshire HR6 0LA with correct cash please
- via PayPal transfer to reception@S4IL.co.uk (Please include in the notes the number of books you want along with your name and address for posting)