Pain support group for men only

04/07/17 . Partners

The human male is a finely-tuned machine, honed to hard driving, heavy drinking and DIY dallying perfection.

Or that's what we like to think. A minor cold is a disaster - as undermining to the slickly drilled performance of the Man as a blister on the big toe to Andy Murray. But if something genuinely serious comes along, it's a different story. Especially when it comes to pain. You may be in agony but you ain't telling anyone about it. No, sir. I'd rather admit to a penchant for cross-stitch.

So a new pain relief initiative from Canada, where one in five live with chronic pain, is a real innovation. Funded through Movember, the Chronic Pain Support Group of Montreal, is running a pilot men-only pain support group.

One of the members is Richard Hovey. He was pain researcher at McGill University but admits now that he really didn't have a clue until a cycling accident left him in chronic pain himself. He says of the group: 'What I learned through my pain experience and being around these gentlemen is that your perception of yourself changes quite dramatically and that's the hardest part. The pain itself is not necessarily the worst part. It's what it does to your life. It's the suffering of loss, of identity, work, friendships, socializing.'

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

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.