A YOGA event is set to take place to encourage men to talk about mental health and destigmatise discussions among males.

Helen Crane, founder of Wellbeing Worcestershire, has organised the upcoming event ‘Worcester’s Most Masculine Yogathon’ to raise awareness of mental health as well as boost funds for the charity Mind.

Miss Crane, from Worcester, said: “There is a lot of stigma attached to men’s mental health as well as men taking part in yoga.

“I feel like there is quite a lot happening in Worcester in relation to wellbeing, but no one seems to be talking about it.”


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There will be five 45-minute yoga classes plus five-minute meditations taking place throughout the day – both men and women are welcome to take part. There will also be a male counsellor available to chat to on the day, as well as a cognitive behavioural therapist.

Wellbeing Worcestershire is a platform that promotes talking and sharing positive ideas and values within an environment.

Miss Crane, aged 36 said: “I’ve struggled in the past with my own mental health, plus I have a sister with autism, and there are many challenges regarding accessing support – even if it’s just a safe place to express yourself and share your thoughts.

“It has been difficult to find the right kind of accessibility. You can pay money for counsellors, but no money can help tackle loneliness.

“The benefits of yoga contribute to mental health. We need to educate people and encourage them to sign up and get out of their comfort zone. These yoga classes will be suitable for everyone, whatever their age or ability.

“If we open up that conversation by offering men something to talk about it will start that healthy progression in Worcester. We need more male focused groups and to promote events such as these to show people that there is support out there.”

Anyone over 18 is able to attend, costing £10 to enter, with all sponsorship going to the mental health charity Mind.

There will be a small fete with stall holders selling local products, arts and crafts, glitter, face paints, henna and activities for children to join in too.

The yogathon will take place on the park outside The Pump House Environment Centre in Gheluvelt Park on Saturday, August 3 between 1pm and 6pm.

For more information and to book a yoga slot, visit facebook.com/events/460058871448196/