Comhar men’s groups

The Mental Health Foundation has partnered with icap (Immigration Counselling and Psychotherapy) to deliver self-management courses for Irish men in mid-life.

We have over a decade of experience delivering peer-focused self-management to a range of populations. For nearly 20 years, icap has offered psychotherapy and counselling services to the Irish migrant community in Britain.

The project was developed in response to research in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington that identified two particular risk factors for poor mental health and suicide: being a man in mid-life, and being born in the Republic of Ireland. These self-management courses aim to equip people with skills and knowledge that will reduce that risk.

Our self-management course help to give participants a greater sense of choice and control in their lives. It is based on the fact that everyone will already have strategies for managing their mental health, whether or not they know it. The course builds on this existing knowledge, developing participants’ skills in goal-setting and problem-solving, and encouraging them to draw on their own experience in setting priorities and tackling challenges in their lives.

The project name ‘Comhar’ came about after an event held with organisations working in the Irish community. The name translates as ‘partnership’ or ‘teamwork’ in Irish.

The format of each meeting will facilitate discussion of a topic or activity that participants will choose. This will be paired with a self-management topic for that day.

Funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the City Bridge Trust, the course aims to engage with 120 men. Peer facilitators will also be trained, and peer support groups formed, that will extend beyond the lifetime of the project.

If you are interested, please contact, Ben Plimpton on 0208 7803 1125 or [email protected].