Around 120 delegates attended Lincoln’s first #ManChat conference to help breaking the stigma surrounding men’s mental health issues.
#ManChat, which was organised by NWCH (the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub) and staged at The Showroom, featured professional speakers, personal stories and in-depth workshops, which left participants hopeful that this trend can be reversed.
The conference programme provided reassurance for men suffering in silence and families worried about male relatives or friends that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
It also provided extra encouragement for professionals offering counselling support.
NWCH is a Community Interest Company based on Lincoln’s Allenby Business Park. has a 26-strong team working out of the centre, including a six-strong management team.
In its first year, the 18-months-old CIC received approaching 600 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.
NWCH Co-founder and Chief Executive Naomi Watkins said: “Twelve men a day, 84 a week take their lives.
“This is shocking, and we need to do something about it.
“NWCH wants to lead the way in breaking the stigma associated with men’s mental health, and our #ManChat conference was just one way of encouraging people in Lincolnshire and beyond to talk openly and honestly about it.”