Men Who Make

A creative mental health and wellbeing project. Men Who Make provides free, creative workshops for adult men experiencing low mental health.

Through supportive sessions, participants are invited to learn new skills and techniques, discover different ways of making and applying creativity and improve overall wellbeing. Sessions provide opportunities to meet new people, visit new venues and organisation based around the city and connect with the outdoors.

Through a series of craft and making courses, participants are encouraged to discover new interests and activities they enjoy including printmaking, photography, woodwork, stone carving and more. Through this cross-partnership project, participants explore new venues across Brighton and Hove including Fabrica Gallery, ONCA Barge, the South Downs and Stanmer Organics - organisations based in green spaces.

This bespoke initiative has been developed out of learning and specialist knowledge from our Men in Sheds project while offering new approaches and practical solutions to reach and support men struggling with low mental health in across the city. Brighton & Hove has the third highest rate of death by suicide in England with men over 35 particularly at risk. Across England, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women. Recent years have been particularly challenging for those struggling with low mental health, this project aims to reduce the risk of social isolation and improve wellbeing in a safe and supportive space.

A heartfelt thank you to the Sussex Health and Care Partnership, The National Lottery and the Sussex Community Foundation for funding this work.

“What I particularly liked was being amongst everyone, listening and being absorbed in what I was doing, being a part of it.”

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