In addition to our informal Facebook Contact Service (use the chat function at the bottom of your screen). We offer a range of services to clients including:
– Peer support groups (‘Brotherhood Meetings’)
– Volunteer led mentoring/ befriending service
– Educational workshops
– Seminar and event speaking
– Signposting to primary, secondary and tertiary care services
Using the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ we have developed and adopted the HEX Model. What follows is an explanation of what this is.
The HEX Model uses 6 themes to support men who are going through a tough time with their emotional, mental and spiritual health, by
embedding it throughout the Men United services. The 6 themes are:
i) Stay Connected
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.
ii) Be Active
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.
iii) Take Notice
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaframe your life priorities.
Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.
The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
vi) Spiritual Development
Spiritual wellness provides us with systems of faith, beliefs, values, ethics, principles and morals. A healthy spiritual practice may include examples of volunteerism, social contributions, belonging to a group, fellowship, optimism, forgiveness and expressions of compassion.