The charity StrongMen, set up by two ex-contestants on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and which encourages men to open up about bereavement in a safe and secure environment, has been awarded £3,000 from Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor’s Small Grant Fund.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges, particularly those impacted by their experiences of loss over the last year, as well as many struggling with isolation and their mental health.
In addition, the male suicide rate is climbing year on year in spite of several high-profile royalty-led campaigns to promote the benefits of talking.
This national mental health crisis, particularly with men, has made it clear that there is a need for further support and guidance for those most in need and this year Elected Mayor Peter Taylor prioritised bereavement and mental health charities in his Small Grant programme.
The charity’s co-founder is Efrem Brynin, whose son James was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan on 15 October 2013.
StrongMen is part of James’ legacy and encourages men to open up about bereavement, alongside their peers, in a safe and secure environment.
Their main two bereavement services are the Weekender and Man2Man, which due to funding from the Mayor’s Small Grants Fund will now support Watford residents.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “StrongMen are a brilliant charity that has a really unique concept around tackling mental health for bereaved men. The pandemic has brought the importance of mental health and wellbeing to the forefront of everybody’s mind as it becomes clearer that we are facing a huge challenge to people’s mental health.”
For more information and support, visit strongmen.org.uk, email hello@StrongMen.org.uk or call 0800 915 0400.