In Your Corner - men's mental health campaign

We’re inviting local venues to host the campaign stool (the type of stool used by a corner man in a boxing ring), to show their support for Warrington's In Your Corner campaign.

The aim of circulating the stool and mental health information around different venues is to:

  • Help men to recognise mental health problems in themselves and others.
  • Break down stigma in relation to mental health problems.
  • Encourage men to seek support if they need it.
  • Encourage men to support their mates (and be in their corner) if they are acting differently, or finding it hard to cope. (In boxing the corner man’s role is to assist his teammate in the ring).
  • Let men know they can find links to mental health information, advice and support on this website

If your team or organisation would like to host the stool and raise men’s awareness of mental health issues, then please email resources@warrington.gov.uk or ring 01925 443193.

Each venue which hosts the stool will also get an information pack. The pack will include an explanation of the campaign; and local campaign materials (flyers, leaflets and posters) developed especially for Warrington.

Posting on social media
We’re keen for organisations and individuals to support the campaign on social media. So we’re asking men to take pictures of themselves, or their mates, on or near the In Your Corner Stool and to post them online with positive comments about mental health (e.g. how they supported a mate, or a mate supported them). Also to tag their posts with #inyourcorner and #warrington.

Background details to the national and local In Your Corner campaigns are below.

In Your Corner – the national campaign
Time to Change developed the In Your Corner campaign, as research identified that compared to women, men are:

  • Less knowledgeable about mental health, and have more negative attitudes.
  • Far less likely to report their own experiences of mental health problems and less likely to discuss mental health problems with a professional.
  • More likely to say that mental health problems are the result of a ‘lack of self-discipline and willpower’.
  • Three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 45.

You can find out more about the national campaign from the Time to Change website

Background to Warrington’s In Your Corner campaign
Between December 2016 and February 2017 a group of local organisations led by Warrington Borough Council’s Public Health Team, circulated a survey to ask local men their views on mental health.

583 local men responded to the survey. Of these 60% felt that the men they knew were unlikely to recognise symptoms of mental health problems in themselves; and 75% thought it unlikely that men they knew would go to see their GP if they were feeling down.

The results of the survey were analysed and recommendations drawn up. You can download the survey report from this webpage. Linking with the national In Your Corner campaign and circulating the stool and mental health information around different local venues, is an initial response to some of the recommendations outlined in the report.

Over the coming months the Men’s Mental Health Task and Finish Group, which developed the survey, will work with partners to identify how best to implement the full list of recommendations within the report.