Mull Safe and Sound has men in mind

Grant Young and David Anderson will be leading the new Mull Safe and Sound's men's group once Covid restrictions allow in-person meetings again

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Post lockdown will bring the start of a new men’s mental health meet-up on Mull.

A tough 12 months has seen a rise in the already hundreds of people who have turned to Mull Safe and Sound for support since it began almost five years ago – and more men than ever are finally starting to come forward and open up.

The  new men’s session is likely to be on a Monday night once the easing of Covid restrictions allow groups to meet in person, says Mull Safe and Sound’s Sally Weir and it will be led by Grant Young and David Anderson.

When the first lockdown struck, the organisation had to to cancel all its in-person groups and to keep everyone safe moved its Wednesday night mental health peer support group to online via Zoom instead.

A Monday evening online session was added later for people to have a blether and to connect with others and because of a good showing of men it was decided to turn Mondays into the new Mull Men’s Group.

Sally said: ‘As soon as we get the go ahead to meet up again in person we’ll be on it. People know of us on Mull, we hope us being available is a reassurance. It’s a skeleton group of people who run it but we are here, like a bit of a safety blanket if needed. We have seen more people come to us, people have dipped in and out over the last 12 months.

‘Mull is no different to other places in Scotland in that people here do have suicidal thoughts too and it’s fair to say that, just like countrywide, lockdown has heightened those thoughts.’

During the past year, Mull Safe and Sound has kept in touch with its members, Sally said: ‘Connection is what keeps us going, helps us feel a little less alone and is at the heart of Mull Safe and Sound.

‘This time last year we were all geared up to embrace the year with lots of ideas for outings and activities, we had four in-person groups running island wide and were looking forward to collaborations with organisations to reach even further into our amazing community then lockdown happened.

‘We took the decision by sending out caring cards, mindfulness puzzle books, Christmas presents and so on and we even sponsor the beautifully planted Mull Horticultural Society’s boat at the Pontoons in Tobermory to give our members a wee reason to get out and visit the boat so they know we care and miss them.

‘As restrictions begin to ease and vaccinations roll out, we have hope to resume all our in-person groups as soon as it is safe.’

Tobermory Co-Op is also showing its backing for the group, by making it one of their three chosen causes to support this year.

Mull Safe and Sound is inclusive for anyone aged 16 and over and living in the area and neighbouring islands – some of the groups have been attended by people in Oban.

Once in-person meetings start up again the off-shoot sessions will be held in Craignure and Bunessan for people to catch up with one another and share any concerns and
accomplishments in equal measure. Guest speakers are invited, there are activities, a wee quiz and a laugh, says Sally.

There will also be a mental health group meeting in Salen weekly where people can share as much or as little as they feel comfortable with. You do not need to have a mental health condition or diagnosis to go along to that group.

If you would like further information about any of the groups you can email: Sally at
safesoundsally@hotmail.com or for our Men’s group you can email either Grant at
mullsafesoundgroups@gmail.com or David at drdr_anderson@hotmail.com

You can also search  Facebook at Mull Safe and Sound.

‘Remember, it is not weak to seek support, it is wise!’ said Sally.

Caption: Grant Young and David Anderson will be leading the new Mull Safe and Sound’s men’s group once Covid restrictions allow in-person meetings again
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