Warrington's mental health campaign for men and young people

In Your Corner - men's mental health campaign

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Resource Centre is currently closed. This means promotional materials can't be ordered, or booked out on loan at this time.

We’re inviting groups and organisations in Warrington to book the In Your Corner campaign stool* and banner, to help promote the mental health of men and young people across the town.

The aim of circulating the stool, banner and mental health information around local venues is to:

  • Help men and young people to recognise mental health problems in themselves and others.
  • Break down stigma in relation to mental health problems.
  • Encourage men and young people to seek support if they need it.
  • Encourage men and young people 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 and young people know they can find links to mental health information, advice and support on this website.

Support services for men

Follow the steps below to find the list of local and national support services for men:

  1. Click the blue button “adults click here” above
  2. Then click the dropdown heading “organisations which support men”

Support services for young people

Follow the steps below to find the list of local and national support services for young people:

  1. Click the blue button “children and young people click here” above
  2. Then click the dropdown heading “information about local and national services and support"

Booking the campaign resources

You can book the In Your Corner campaign stool and banner to raise awareness of mental health problems amongst men or young people, from the Health Promotion Resource Centre.

Each group or organisation that books the stool and banner will also receive an information pack. The pack includes an explanation of the campaign; and local campaign materials (flyers, leaflets and posters) developed especially for men and young people in Warrington.

When you book the stool and banner, please be sure you select the resources most appropriate for your audience, i.e. adult men, or young people. The young In Your Corner campaign is aimed largely at young men, but the campaign messages are relevant to all young people. 

If you are not able to accommodate the In Your Corner stool and banner, but would still like to promote the campaign, then you can order some of the paper, or electronic, resources from the Health Promotion Resource Centre.

Please note: the In Your Corner materials which Warrington Health Promotion Resource Centre provides, are only for use within Warrington.

Young IYC

National In Your Corner campaign resources for schools

The Time to Change site has In Your Corner materials for schools, which can be downloaded free. These resources include:

  • four scripted session plans
  • video clips
  • a range of posters and materials
  • a booklet of ideas for getting the whole school community involved

The national materials, complement the local In Your Corner resources, as they promote similar messages. However as these materials are national, they don’t include local signposting, as the Warrington In Your Corner materials do.

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

In Your Corner – the national campaign

Time to Change developed the national 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 50.

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 as a PDF here.

The Men’s Mental Health Task and Finish Group, which developed the local survey, responded to the recommendations in the report by developing Warrington's In Your Corner campaign. Since the launch of the local campaign for men, the Group has also produced local In Your Corner resources for young people. The Group's members are currently working on implementing the remaining recommendations within the survey report and evaluating the campaign.

* The In Your Corner stool is the type used by a corner man in a boxing match. The corner man’s role is to assist his teammate in the ring.