New app for male abuse survivors
Australian organisation Living Well have developed an app for men who have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted.
Full of information and tools to support men’s mental health and well-being it includes mp3s of mindfulness, relaxation and breathing exercises, well-being assessment tools and links through to useful support lines and websites. It includes lots of UK contacts put together with UK-based organisations including Survivors Manchester, Survivors West Yorkshire and Mankind Counselling.
David Lisak of US-based survivors organisation 1in6.org says:'Over the course of my professional career, I have met, talked with, evaluated, and treated hundreds of men who suffered childhood sexual abuse. I only wish I could have given this app to each of those men on our first encounter. They would have walked away with an ever-ready source of crucial suggestions, important information, answers to troubling questions, and perhaps most amazing, an interactive therapeutic aid in their back pocket. The Living Well app is an absolute marvel.'
The App is also a useful tool for practitioners to share and utilise. To access it, go to your App store or visit www.livingwell.org.au/get-support/living-well-app
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.
Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.