Nottingham City Council backs male depression group

MUTED ThumbnailA male-orientated specialist help group in Nottingham, Muted, set up to aid those with depression, has reached its one year anniversary.

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The charity has dealt with over 230 enquiries in it’s first year of operating and helped 14 men who were experiencing suicidal thoughts. They have also made considerable ties with other charities including Mind UK and the NHS.

Men with Mental Health issues believe that support has been lacking in Nottingham, so with the charity group Muted being created, it opens a door that previously wasn’t available.

Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults, Commissioning and Health, explains how Nottingham City Council is trying to reach out to men with mental health problems.

Alan Smith, who has suffered from depression in the past, sought the help of Muted last year after losing his job as an engineer.  He says the charity has been invaluable to him and that something as simple as a phone call and a “how are you” can make all the difference.

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Alan Smith suffered with depression after losing his job. He is now back in work.

Mr Smith added that he thought there was a stigma attached to mental health for men, but that is slowly being broken down. He also had some advice for people with symptoms of depression, based on his own experience of the illness.

Muted runs with help of 26 volunteers, all of whom have first-hand experience of dealing with depression. It was launched in December 2013 by Ian Hastings, who suffered from depression and tried to take his own life in 2009.

But with Muted going from strength to strength over the last year, the charity group has helped to show men with mental health issues that there’s someone out there who cares.

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