TAKE THE LEMON CHALLENGE TO SUPPORT MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
This week its men’s mental health week and the Dads Can Cymru Team are setting the Lemon Challenge to raise awareness of the internal struggles people face on a daily bases with mental health. Everyone knows someone who is struggling with their mental health whether that be from your personal life or the media and that’s why we want you to do the Lemon challenge.
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and 75% of suicide are by men. There is still a massive stigma attached to mental health and everyone knows someone who is struggling, whether this is hidden or vocalized. That’s why are taking the stand to encourage people to talk about their feelings and challenges they face rather than bottling it up!
Dads Can Cymru is a BIG Lottery funded project for any dads living in Monmouthshire or Newport and Blaenau Gwent.
We can support all dads, so whether your a biological, expectant, step, foster, older brother or any other type of dad, we are here to work with you.
We don’t criticize or tell you how to parent, we work with you to provide opportunities and support around overcoming barriers which prevent you being the best dad that you can.
Dads Can is confidential and flexible so we can meet you at your home or wherever is best for you – so whatever your situation, or if you have any questions, get in touch with any member of the team.
I have been working with Dads Can for a few months now, I had just become a full time dad after things had got bad for my ex- girlfriend, she wasn’t coping well and needed a lot of support so couldn’t care for our daughter. We had been together for 2 years with an 18 month old girl between us. But I found I needed help being the only parent though, I had no family around to help me, I had done a parenting course but still was struggling with some of what I needed to do and what social services were asking me. My support worker helps me to talk about things when they bother me, I get lots of help and support, The Support worker from Dads Can talked to me about something called Adverse Childhood Experiences’ and explained in ways I could understand about how children can be affected by these, he called them ACE’S.
I have been working with Dads Can for nine months now, after arguing with my girlfriend all the time I walked out of the flat. Things had hit rock bottom for me, all I knew was I was really angry and depressed and thought that no one wanted to help me I didn’t want to go on. Someone at the jobcentre told me to give Dads Can a call, after meeting with a support worker it was good to talk to another man who could understand what things were like for me, he has helped with getting a bedsit, and looking for a job, he even helped me to get a bank account open to get my benefits paid into. Even though things are still difficult I know that someone understands me and will help me to rebuild my life.
There are lots of upcoming events for 2019…