Speak Up for Men’s Health! - Space2

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Orion participants and partners join forces for Men’s Health Week

The Orion Partnership’s Well Man Programme has had a fantastic Men’s Health Week that featured a bike-powered cinema, a broadcast on BBC Leeds and contributing to the launch of a groundbreaking report on men’s health.

Space2 Men’s Group at Chapel FM

Space2 Men’s Group at Chapel FM

Space2’s very own Derek Green (above, right), who attends their men’s group in Seacroft, was without doubt the star of the week with his eloquent account of his own journey through depression – from  suicidal thoughts and rage through to calm reflection and continued recovery .

Listen to his BBC Leeds interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wy36h.  Our section starts at 1:46:47.

The video which he recorded, for the launch of the State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report, is here: http://bit.ly/stateofmenshealthreport (Click on Derek Green)

He also joined Space2 Men’s Group on Chapel FM to talk about how they have dealt with stress: http://www.chapelfm.co.uk/listen-again/mens-health-week/

The State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report Launch (l to r) Tim Taylor (Leeds City Council Commissioner), Ian Cameron (Dir, Public Health); Damian Dawtry (Orion Partnership), Dr Amanda Seims, Prof Alan White (Leeds Beckett University Centre for Men’s Health)

The State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report Launch (l to r) Tim Taylor (Leeds City Council Commissioner), Ian Cameron (Dir, Public Health); Damian Dawtry (Orion Partnership), Dr Amanda Seims, Prof Alan White (Leeds Beckett University Centre for Men’s Health)

Our Men’s Insight and Development Worker also contributed to the question-and-answer panel at the launch of the State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report as “the voice of the Third Sector”, and featured on the same BBC show as Derek, working on a men’s health phone-in alongside Prof White, the UK’s leading authority on men’s health.

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Damian and Derek were reunited once again at Chapel FM alongside some other members of the Space2 Men’s Group, for a similar programme on men’s health. We also brought with us Errol Murray (above, right), the volunteer coordinator of the Leeds Dads group.

Inside the Cinema with popcorn

Bird Box Building

Den building

Erecting the Geodome Cinema

Erecting the Geodome Cinema

On Wednesday we held a successful event at East Leeds Cricket Club – “Lunch Out for Men’s Health Week”– featuring a bicycle-powered cinema and a popular bird box building activity. Men from our Health Gateway groups and elsewhere came for an afternoon of fun and to learn more about men’s health.

The Orion Well Man Programme continues to develop new ways to engage men and to support them with their health and wellbeing, as well as supporting and delivering the Health Gateway and Space2 men’s groups.

Click here for more info on the project or contact Damian Dawtry on 07981 755328 or damiand@space2.org.uk

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