Support group for south Asian men
According to the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), the male suicide rate is more than triple that of females. Suicide is also the second most common cause of death in males under the age of 45, surpassed only by heart disease (US Centre for Disease Control). Men are more than three times more likely than women to die as a result of suicide, and the pandemic has put even more men at risk.
Suicide prevention and support tends to overlook culture as a major contributing factor, and this contributes to the lack of available data for suicide in ethnic communities, who will often not disclose the cause of death due to embarrassment or shame.
Poor mental health and suicide are stigmatised in our culture and we want to facilitate education and open conversation around these topics in order to raise awareness, increase resilience and encourage peer support.
Things can change if we take steps to change them.
10 support group sessions, one per week each lasting 1.5 hours .
The sessions will include presentations focused on the major contributing risk factors to the mental well-being of ethnic background males, group discussion of how these risk factors are experienced and therapeutic interventions based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.
The sessions will also focus on building greater resilience and encourage the formation of support networks that will continue after the programme is complete.
When does the support group start and finish?
- Each session will be 1.5 hours long and start promptly at 9:30am
- Start date: Sunday 7th November 2021
- Holiday season break: No sessions on Sunday 26th December and Sunday 2nd January
- End date: Sunday 16th January 2022
Can I attend just some of the sessions?
Your active and complete participation is essential to the success of the support group.
We are working with a very emotive subject matter and ask that you commit to both yourself and the group and be present for all sessions. Please make this support group a priority as it will help you personally and enable you to identify others at risk.
How much does it cost?
The support groups are currently free of charge.
I want to join, how can I take part?
Contact me to express your interest.
We will conduct a brief interview in order to assess your current level of resilience and establish the emotional support available to you outside of the sessions. We need to know that you are well-equipped to cope with the levels of challenge that are associated with work of this kind.
Our intention is to generate constructive outcomes for participants, and anyone deemed not to be suitably resilient will be signposted to more appropriate services.
Hosted by Sameer Munjal
Sameer Munjal BSc (Hons) PgDip. MBACP Integrative, Trauma-informed Psychotherapist working with relational trauma Daljeet Singh MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Trauma-informed Coach, Trainer and Facilitator