Men often find it hard to talk about how they feel. Talk Club was created to help change that.
Talk Club is a talking (and listening) group for men to get into the practice of learning about and talking about emotions and feelings so it becomes more natural. A kind of mental health insurance policy, protecting men from the pitfalls by proactively preventing them from getting mentally overwhelmed. The group is moderated by myself. It isn't a formal therapy group and isn't here to treat existing mental illnesses (for more reactive and specific support please see Counselling Therapy link here). It's a proactive supportive place for men to talk, listen and learn together.
How does it work?
- The group meets at 8pm on the second Tuesday of each month at BeYoga in Haywards Heath.
- All participants agree before joining that everything discussed within the group remains private and confidential between group members only.
- Each session is 90 minutes and begins with a brief intro explaining how our emotions and feelings work and why managing them matters so much.
- After this a ball is offered up, which allows anyone holding it a chance to speak and limits people talking over each other.
- There is no obligation to hold the ball and speak.
- Anyone wishing to speak takes the ball and starts by stating how they are feeling out of 10. 1 = very low, 10 = amazing and then have the chance to discuss their score, what's worrying them, what they are happy about and what they are doing to support their mental health.
- This continues around the group in no particular order and without obligation.
- Each session finishes with a chance to review the session and discuss what may have helped so the group can share learnings together.
How to join in: The group is open to all males aged 16 and over and is funded through voluntary donations at each session. To join the group please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself. I aim to reply to all requests within 48hrs.
I am a registered member of the bacp (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere their code of ethical conduct.