#GetReal – helping prevent male suicide

Our Hope Project, which supports men aged between 30 and 64, launches a new social media campaign called #GetReal this week to mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 13 to 19 May.

Activities included:

  • Distributing beermats with challenging messaging to men in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
  • Support for Get Real from national mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin at the Bristol performance of a new play about how his life was saved, Stranger on the Bridge, at the Tobacco Factory on Tuesday 14 May
  • BBC Points West showcasing the campaign with an interview with former Hope Project client Dan about how Hope workers helped save his life. Plus interviews with  Hope manager Jez Spencer, and Jonny Benjamin
  • Blog post telling Dan’s story featured on the Second Step website

Jonny Benjamin said:

” It was great to meet Dan and hear his story. The work being done here with Hope is wonderful and I’m backing the #GetReal campaign all the way “

We’re distributing 1000s of beermats over the next few months concentrating particularly in men working in the construction industry.

The Hope Project provides short-term emotional and practical support for men aged between 30 and 64, specifically those who are in psychological distress or have recently self-harmed, but are not currently using other mental health services.

The Hope Project team are experienced and skilled support workers keen to make a difference and save lives. To find out more or to make a referral and talk to a member of the Hope team, please call: 0117 4288 930 or email hope@second-step.co.uk

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please call 111 or call the Samaritans for free on 116 123.

Jonny Benjamin signs his book for Dan.
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