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Men Talk 2

Men`s Wellbeing Free CBT Group

“"This Therapeutic CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Group based in the Coatbridge area in 4 different venues.


Paul Stanton and I (Alice McCann) started our first Men Talk 2 Group in April 2023 at Lanarkshire Counselling and CBT Centre, Coatbridge with the invaluable support of owners Colin and Annie Caruth where Paul and I completed our CBT placement and work(ed) since qualifying.


Lanarkshire Counselling and CBT Centre - (LCCC)


 This was a fantastic start for us but we needed ongoing funding in order to continue long term, so we approached Christine McNally (Manager and Health and Social Care Lead) at GDT (Glenboig Development Trust) in June 2023. 


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Christine understood what we were trying to do and supported us to make an application through GDT for Community Solutions funding for a weekly group in the Coatbridge locality. When this was approved we were delighted and since then have been preparing to run the group through GDC from 2nd December 2023. The group is funded for 12 months. This also meant that we needed more facilitators so we asked Thomas Simpson and Victoria Scott to join us due to their skills, experience and approach which fits perfectly with `Men Talk 2`.


We aim to improve Male Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Through  supporting each other and enabling Men to share their challenges and help to validate the way they may feel.


The sense of community, shared experience and element of `Psychoeducation` (a crucial factor in CBT) we hope will enable Men to feel better about themselves and improve their mental health and the lives of their loved ones, colleagues, friends….”...

We use different  CBT  based exercises  as a group  which means you can say  how much or how little you feel comfortable with.   There is often just as much benefit from hearing others as there is sharing yourself and these things take time which we understand.


Suicide rates in North Lanarkshire are slightly higher than Scotland’s overall rate which is around  70 % males. As well as improving Men`s general wellbeing we want to see these statistics change.


We need men to support each other not just within our group but out with so that  the pressures men tend to feel  to `be strong and provide and not feel sad, upset, angry, ashamed, guilty` etc  can  get left behind in the past and stay there"

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We are delighted to confirm dates for 3 of the venues for our Men Talk 2 CBT Wellbeing Group which is open to males over 16


 Cliftonvale and Coatdyke Community Centre (Cliftonvale Bowling Club) 12 Quarry Street, Coatbridge, ML5 3PU

Starts SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2023 - then every 4 weeks

with Alice and Paul Saturday 10am-11.30am

(you do not have to walk through the bowling hall as a separate entrance will be opened for you all and we will ensure we are there to welcome you at the door)

Glenboig Life Centre, (Known on Google as Glenboig Community Centre) 110 Main Street, Glenboig, ML5 2RD
Starts MONDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2023- then every 4 weeks 

with Tommy and Victoria Monday 6.30pm - 8pm

Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre, Community House, 25 Haddington Way, ML5 5BT
- Starts SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER - then every 4 weeks 

with Alice and Paul Saturday 10am-11.30am

 This is not a `closed group` which means you can come along whenever it suits you. If you are running late its ok but you`ll probably get more out of the group if you come from the start. We run it this way as we know it can feel like a bit overwhelming to have an expectation on you to attend regularly and understand that Men often have caring responsibilities and busy lives, so our group needs to be flexible to suit as many people as possible. 

"Hearing that other men have had feelings and experiences which I have also had makes me feel less alone, so the group has been positive for me" (Group member)

• No expectation or pressure to share personal information. We totally understand that it can be nerve wracking to join a group and will do all we can to make it easier. Its likely others feel similar initially, but we have found people have felt at ease quickly in our group so far with everyone being really welcoming, respectful and supportive to each other.

• Confidentiality is discussed at the beginning of every session. 

• Come along and benefit from being in a supportive group. Learn how to use CBT to make positive and lasting changes to your life.

"It’s good to be able to relate to others. It helps with the feeling of isolation" (Group member)

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how Unhelpful Thinking and Behaviours (what we do) affect our lives and helps us find more helpful ways to live.

• We talk about how different activities can release different hormones (like Cortisol, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins) which make us feel good or not so good; sleep, Temperaments, Using different approaches to situations in life and working out what works and doesn`t work for us, and how we can help others in our personal or working lives who may be struggling. The topics we cover are quite wide and even though some subjects can be serious we don`t take ourselves too seriously and believe that laughter is a great medicine. 

People`s safety is however extremely important so although we prefer a relaxed approach we do ask participants for basic details like Name, DOB, 1st line of your address, an emergency contact and name of GP Surgery. All details are stored securely between our Men Talk 2 facilitators only and can be removed at any time if you stop attending our groups.

"The calm, no pressure atmosphere, listening to people from different walks of life relay their own experiences and troubles" (Group member)

Contact us for more information at:
or text 07759953849(Alice) or 07857118933 (Paul) or 07857937955 (Victoria) or     07518854168 https://Taking Shape CBT (Tommy) 

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