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Men’s Mental Health issues will be thrown under the glare of the spotlight at a “no holds barred” conference in Lincoln.

 The city’s fast-growing NW Counselling Hub (NWCH) has organised a major event which aims to thoroughly explore the anxiety and depression that leads a staggering 84 men in the UK to take their own lives every week.  

 To encourage more males to speak out and seek help for their problems as soon as possible, the #ManChat conference will feature an impressive line-up of top speakers.  All have individually experienced mental health challenges.

 Their presentations will be complemented by workshops designed to persuade participants to talk freely about topics including suicide, anger and grief and loss.

 NWCH Co-founder and Chief Executive Naomi Watkins said: “At the Hub, we are increasingly being approached by more men, who traditionally find it hard to admit their worries are having a major impact on their day-to-day lives.

 “With so many now resorting to taking their own lives, we are keen to make them aware of the early warning signs to watch out for.  We want to help them to explore their feelings through counselling and support of our dedicated hub.”

 #ManChat is focusing on one of the most distressing trends in today’s mental health arena, which is why NWCH has carefully chosen its conference speakers, for their ability and willingness to share how they have been affected by mental health problems and been able to recover and discover light at the end of the tunnel.

 The UK’s no 1 motivational speaker and business networking entrepreneur Brad Burton – who has personal experience of debt and drug problems and depression – will be the first keynote speaker at #ManChat and sharing how he fought back after hitting rock bottom.

 He will be followed by Steve Judge (Tears Rolled Dow But I Stood Up). Steve, a two-times gold medallist in the paratriathlon (swimming, cycling and running), will talk about the demons he encountered on his journey from being in a wheelchair to becoming a World Champion.

 Nick Elston’s keynote speech – Talking Anxiety – will see him share his own life story and his long experience of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Disorder).

 Stuart Brown’s Talk “Life Begins at 50” (40 Years of Shame & Fear) will lift the lid on how he survived childhood sexual abuse and Michael Davis aims to break down social barriers and the burden society and stereotyping put on men trying to cope with grief.

 Colin Haywood will talk about “Me and BPD” (Borderline Personality Disorder), with the aim of highlighting that mental health is an integral part of everyone’s life journey.

 Afternoon workshops will explore the issues of suicide, anger and grief –

 Harmless:  – Sarah Kessling and Claire Dixon will lead: Propamanda; Suicide and Men (breaking the stigma)

NWCH’s Debbie Foers workshop will explain how to recognise the early stages of anger in men and NWCH’s Katy Roberts will encourage a debate about working through grief and loss.

 #ManChat takes place at The Showroom, off Tritton Road, Lincoln, on Wednesday, October 17 – from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  Professionals and non-professionals, individuals worried about their health, or families concerned about a loved-one, are all welcomed to attend.

 “The day will include morning and afternoon refreshments and a hot-and-cold buffet lunch.  We are hoping to be joined by up to 150 delegates and we are encouraging people to take advantage of our Earlybird offer of £66 (inc.Vat), by booking their places by 17th September 2018.  After that date tickets will cost £75 (inc. Vat),” said Naomi.

 NWCH is a Community Interest Company, based on Lincoln’s Allenby Business Park. It has a 26-strong team working out of the centre.  This includes six members of the management team.

 The CIC, which has been going for about 17 months, has recently been joined by two new specialist counsellors – Robin Thain and Christopher Morris.  Robin mainly works with adult males and specialises in helping people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 Christopher primarily works with young people and specialises in helping people with Special Educational Needs.  The arrival of Robin and Christopher has created a more even balance between the Hub’s team of men and women experts.

 In its first year NWCH received more than 310 referrals from charity organisations, schools, Macmillan Nurses, GPs, drug and alcohol services and other medical professionals. It is now approaching 550 referrals since April 2017.

 Anyone interesting in booking a place at the #ManChat Conference can do so by visiting:

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