SHARE (Suicide, Harm, Awareness, Recovery & Empathy) Project

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Suicide, Harm, Awareness, Recovery & Empathy (SHARE) Project

Many men struggle to admit they have problems and need support which means they can find it difficult to engage with services. Providing an easily accessible comfortable space which offers social and emotional support was a challenge, which Men’s SHARE Project now addresses.

SHARE started as a Midlothian pilot project, funded by the Choose Life suicide prevention initiative and is delivered by Health in Mind in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau and available for men aged between 25-50.

It runs:

Thursday - Drop in at Dalkeith MVA and Penicuik Town Hall.

Monday -   Drop in at Newbattle Education Centre from 9.30am – 11.30am

Monday -   Five-a-Side Football at Loanhead Leisure Centre at 5.30pm

The project aims to reduce risk by having weekly support groups in major population centres. It also has the potential to develop 1:1 support if the need recognized. The project focuses on prevention and intervention, providing support to promote resilience strategies and recovery pathways. It also offers an opportunity to engage in activities that promote a sense of purpose and belonging.

Many ‘at risk’ men have been supported through the project’s existence with the emphasis being on guiding to appropriate services at an early stage. Individuals with the group are growing in confidence and are feeling more comfortable about sharing their emotional issues. The project has seen men who have previously been extremely isolated, become involved in both general and targeted conversations.

The evidence indicates that the benefits to Midlothian men could be replicated throughout Scotland. The evaluation report for the project is available here.

For more information, contact the Orchard Centre directly on 0131 663 1616 or email us.

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Need help now?

If you or someone you care for is facing a crisis and in distress, please contact NHS 24 on 111 or your GP directly.

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Need support?

Are you male aged between 25-50? Feeling Alone? Do you struggle with financial or personal issues? Ever felt that YOU can't go on? Would it help to talk?

If so come along to a relaxed, informal group offering -

  • Shared Steps program for wellbeing
  • Free expert financial and practical advice
  • An opportunity to be included - your chance to make a difference.

Groups are held at Penicuik Town Hall and Midlothian Voluntary Action, White Hart St, Dalkeith

For further info contact: John Murphy on 0131 663 1616 or email


Evaluation Report

Read the Men's SHARE evaluation report, 2014.


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