SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy. The play, which tours throughout the UK during Autumn 2021, deals with some complex and difficult issues. Paines Plough has compiled a list of mental health charities and support groups below, for anyone who has been affected by any of the issues raised during the play.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we have tried to find contacts for support in each area of the country the show tours to, listed by venue. Towards the bottom of the page you’ll also find details of nationwide organisations that offer UK-wide mental health services, advice and support.

SELBY TOWN HALL
Community Links: A mental health charity providing a wide range of life-changing mental health and wellbeing services throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region – https://www.commlinks.co.uk

ARTS CENTRE WASHINGTON
Man Health:  Seeking not just to support men in the communities across County Durham and Northumberland but also to indirectly benefit their families and employers, as well as GPs, the NHS and voluntary sector organisations, which are destinations for men suffering with mental ill health – https://www.manhealth.org.uk

THE MALTINGS, BERWICK-UPON-TWEED
Contact Morpeth: Offering friendship, developing support and reducing social isolation, for those of us living with mental ill-health and their Carers. contactmorpeth.org.uk (only south east northumberland).

TynesideMind: Aiming to help people live the best life they can. They offer informal one to one support, groups and counselling – https://www.tynesidemind.org.uk

ROSEHILL THEATRE, WHITEHAVEN
MindLine Cumbria: Providing practical information about mental health, services and support. Offering help to allow people to understand their situation better, explore options or just be there to listen – http://www.mindlinecumbria.org 

MIDDLESBOROUGH TOWN HALL
Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind: The leading local mental health charity in Teesside and it’s mission is to ensure that everyone in the local area has good mental health. – http://www.middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk/services-support.aspx 

CAST, DONCASTER
The Point: A place that creates art with people in Doncaster to insipre learning, creativity and improve their health and wellbeing – https://thepoint.org.uk/what-we-do/

MILL ARTS, BANBURY
Oxfordshire Mind: A local charity that promotes good mental health, through the provision of high quality services and campaigning for positive change – https://www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk

THE HAT FACTORY, LUTON
Total Wellbeing Luton: Total Wellbeing supports people living in Luton who want to improve their physical and emotional health – https://www.totalwellbeingluton.org/home 

THE EDGE, MANCHESTER
Himvisible: Offering group sessions in a safe space to meet to talk about current emotions and mental health needs of men struggling to cope within this modern day society – https://www.himvisible.co.uk/events-and-meetings 

ARTS DEPOT, LONDON
AOPTA: A charity dedicated to helping individuals and families who are encountering addictions and mental health issues – www.aopta.co.uk

THE OLD MARKET, BRIGHTON
Community Roots: Established in October 2019, Community Roots is a network of local community-based services working together to support good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton and Hove – https://www.communityroots.org.uk/about-us 

MARINE THEATRE, LYME REGIS
Dorset Mind: A pioneering local charity that has been supporting local people with mental health challenges since 1946. Educating people, challenging mental health stigma and inequality, and promoting recovery by empowering individuals to develop resilience – https://dorsetmind.uk 

VENTNOR EXCHANGE, ISLE OF WIGHT
Isorropia Foundation: A wellbeing organisation that has been designed to empower individuals to take responsibility to become the best version of themselves. Providing face-to-face workshops, on-line engagement and on-going focused development to move members towards their goals and dreams – https://isorropia.uk 

THE SPRING ARTS CENTRE, HAVANT
Talking Change: For everyone aged sixteen or over, who live in Portsmouth and are registered with a GP in the city. You can self-refer by calling 0300 123 3934 or by completing the secure form online – https://www.talkingchange.nhs.uk

THE GARAGE, NORWICH
Norfolk and Waveney Mind: A charity working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, support people in their recovery and champion better services for all – https://www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk

KEY THEATRE, PETERBOROUGH
CKH Health and Wellbeing Hub: Free, confidential counselling at a dedicated health and wellbeing hub – https://fis.peterborough.gov.uk/kb5/peterborough/directory/service.page?id=b9oNielzA74&adultchannel=3_8 

NORDEN FARM, MAIDENHEAD
Talking Therapies: A friendly and approachable NHS service that offers support if you’re coping with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety or phobias – https://talkingtherapies.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk (for people over the age of 17)

Time to Talk: Time to Talk West Berkshire is an independent charity originally established in 1986. The charity aims to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11-25 in West Berkshire – https://t2twb.org/about-us/ (for people aged 11-24)

DERBY THEATRE
The Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service: A freephone service available to everyone living in Derbyshire – both young people and adults. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call on 0800 028 0077 for support over the phone – https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/services/helpline-and-support-service

UNITY THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
Himvisible: Offering group sessions in a safe space to meet to talk about current emotions and mental health needs of men struggling to cope within this modern day society – https://www.himvisible.co.uk/events-and-meetings 

SOUTH HILL PARK, BRACKNELL
The Bracknell Forest Community Network (BFCN): Formed in 2017, it sits across both Bracknell Forest Community Mental Health Teams (Adults and Older Adults) providing local secondary mental health step-down and day provision – https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/mental-health-and-wellbeing/bracknell-forest-community-network

POUND ARTS, CORSHAM
Wiltshire Mind: Providing one-to-one counselling support for people who are experiencing mental health problems – https://www.wiltshiremind.co.uk

TRESTLE ARTS BASE, ST ALBANS
Mind In Mid-Herts: Providing high quality, person-centred support to those who want to improve and maintain their emotional and physical wellbeing – https://www.mindinmidherts.org.uk/support-for-you/st-albans/

YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
Catalyst: A charity working mainly across four areas: Mental Health and Wellbeing, Drug & Alcohol, Family & Friends and Specialist Outreach. Offering non-medical interventions in a friendly, accessible, professional and non-judgmental way – https://www.catalystsupport.org.uk/mental-health-and-wellbeing/

SOHO THEATRE, LONDON
ThriveLDN: A London wide movement that is committed to creating a fairer and more equal city and improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners – https://thriveldn.co.uk

Black Thrive: Based in Lambeth, South London, Black Thrive is an organisation dedicated to combating the inequality and injustices experienced by black people in mental health services.
Telephone: 020 7274 8522 Email: hello@blackthrive.org.uk  www.blackthrive.org

Kindred Minds Southwark: Kindred Minds is a drop-in group in Southwark for people aged 18 and above from black and Asian backgrounds experiencing difficulties with mental health.
Phone: Oscar on 07845 667198 www.lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk/kindred-minds/

Further Mental Health Support information and links (UK wide):

Mind: Young Black Men: This is a programme through which works specifically with young black men aged between 11 and 30 years old.
Email: equality@mind.org.uk.

Mind: Operating throughout England and Wales, they have local services on offer and this link goes to their main website where people can access advice and find help in their local area – https://www.mind.org.uk

Black Minds Matter UK: The aim of Black Minds Matter is to ensure that black people in the UK can access mental health support. The organisation does this by helping black people and families across the nation to find professional mental health services, in addition to raising money to help cover the cost of such services.
Online enquiry form: www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/contact-us

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network: The UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean – www.baatn.org.uk

We Are Humen: A movement to improve and maintain men’s mental health through campaigning and The HUMEN Space. It is UK wide and hosts online sessions – https://www.wearehumen.org/the-humen-space/

Mental Health Matters:  A national charity working to help people achieve good mental and physical wellbeing – www.mhm.org.uk

Campaign Against Living Miserably: Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a charity making a stand against suicide. They have a helpline which is open between 5pm and midnight – 0800 58 58 58. There are also more resources available on their website – https://www.thecalmzone.net/about-calm/what-is-calm/

The Samaritans:  A 24 hour helpline across the UK, call 116 123 – https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Ableize: A disability directory of information, mobility aids services and advice including mental health support – https://www.ableize.com

Centre for Mental Health: An independent, not for profit thinktank, it is dedicated to eradicating mental health inequalities and fighting injustice by changing policy and practice – www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk

ILPA.ORG.UK: An amazing database of mental health resources for Black people and PoC. It features links to other organisations, links to podcasts and also has videos on how to improve wellbeing in the workplace – www.ilpa.org.uk

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