Why Brothers in Arms?
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Brothers in Arms is Scotland's first men's mental health charity, which is aimed at providing info, support and advice to men of any age, who are down or in crisis and dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
We are a ''21st Century Charity for the 21st Century Male trying to make sense of this Modern World''
and use social media, film and digital technology to reach out to all men in Scotland.
We also want to raise awareness of what in Scotland is something that is not openly acknowledged, that men feel unable to talk, or admit when they have a problem and by challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it.
Based on and inspired by both the Calm Zone and Andy's Man Club and because we didn't have anything comparable in Scotland, it is a website and social media platform that is aimed primarily at the 16 to 45 demographic that is most at risk,( but is for men at any age) and is designed as a 'gateway' to enable them or their partners, family and friends to seek help and advice and to feel that they are not alone.
We also provide a regular peer support group #BletherWithABrother as a 'safe space for men to talk about men's stuff' and as a way of creating common purpose among those that attend.
With support from See Me Scotland and the East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health, we launched the site as a pilot in Milngavie on the 17th of June 2017, at it’s Classic Car Show by taking a stand there and with volunteer's raise awareness through the local community on the day.
The plan is to eventually to grow so that it is available throughout Scotland and to enable other like-minded communities to create their own hubs using Brothers in Arms as a template for support, information and to work long term towards opening a men's well being center in East Dunbartonshire, to that end we became a charity at the beginning of 2018 to fundraise and create awareness among the general public and to work towards an annual event that people can take part in.
Being Silent is Not Being Strong
The BIA free suicideTALK sessions
Date:30 Dec 2018
Time: To be confirmed...