Andy's Man Club is a peer-to-peer support group for any man aged 18 or above.
The sessions encourage men to support each other through shared experiences.
We are there for any man who is going through a storm, who has been through a storm or if a storm is brewing.
Andy's Man Club meets every Monday evening at 7pm (except Bank Holidays) in the Centenary Lounge at The Super 6 Stadium. There is no signing in process and no charge.
The volunteer-run groups aim to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for men to talk about their issues.
The group is facilitated by Club Chaplain Chris Stuttard who told us a little about the group;
“Having suffered from depression for over 20 years, many of those undiagnosed, the chance to sit in a safe and confidential environment is essential. You sit with other men from different life experiences and be open and share your struggles, knowing that you are not the only one and that the people in the room really want to help each other.
“The group is very informal, where you can say as much or as little as you want. We are here to help and support each other, without judgement or condemnation. Come and have a hot drink and a biscuit.”
Another Andy’s Man Club regular Todd said, "I found out about AMC on Facebook and very nervously went to a meeting full of anxiety, but what I found were men from all walks of life yet who were like-minded and needed somewhere safe and comfortable to be able to open up and talk.
“Andy’s Man Club and the friends I have made there helped me through the darkest time of my life and ultimately helped save it as well. I would recommend AMC to anyone going through a hard time that wants a safe and non-judgemental place to talk."
Other quotes from members include;
John “AMC is a non-judgemental listening ear”
Paul “AMC truly saved my life”
James “With AMC you’re never alone, take a seat and open up.”
Andy’s Man Clubs were launched by former rugby league star Luke Ambler in 2016 after his brother-in-law Andy Roberts took his own life even though there were no signs that he was struggling with mental health problems.
In the UK, suicide is the number one killer of men under the age of 49, as 12 men kill themselves every day. The male suicide rate is currently three times higher than that of females.
Andy's Man Clubs are aiming to halve the number of male suicides.
The clubs have grown at a phenomenal rate and there are now 17 clubs based all over the UK from Newton Abbot to Glasgow and everything in between. Over 300 men a week are benefiting from the groups.
For more information visit www.andysmanclub.co.uk or search Andy's Man Club on FaceBook/Twitter/Instagram.