SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy. The play deals with some complex and difficult issues. We’ve 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.
If you need immediate support, or would just like someone to chat to, Samaritans offer a 24/7 helpline across the UK – call 116 123 for free. If you prefer to text, the UK also has a free 24/7 service: just text SHOUT to 85258.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 .
Mind: Young Black Men: This is a programme through which works specifically with young black men aged between 11 and 30 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mental Health Matters: A national charity working to help people achieve good mental and physical wellbeing.
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.
Ableize: A disability directory of information, mobility aids services and advice including mental health support.
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.
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.
Optimal UK: Understanding the male menopause and mental health.
Independent counselling services:
Frontline Therapist: Frontline Therapist care about all things mental health and know that many people struggle with mental health difficulties. They aim to provide affordable and accessible counselling service for individuals who struggle to access culturally sensitive counselling and who may not be able to access counselling due to cost.