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Kenneth Atkin Trust

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The Kenneth Atkin Trust is to be a service provided for men only to provide emotional support and advice to users in a friendly environment. National statistics show that men are a vulnerable part of society and KAT believes that it is important that men know that they are not alone in the way they feel and that talking about their feelings, or seeking advice for their problems, is extremely important, however small the problem may seem.

As a first step, KAT operates via a free internet forum, which allows men to use this medium to seek practical and emotional support and advice, both from KAT and from each other. The forum aims to create a free and completely confidential space where men can share their experiences and seek advice from people that might feel the same way, creating a supportive network in which men support each other.
However, KAT also wants the service to be used to discuss positive things about life, and anyone is welcome to contact KAT if, for example, they have an opportunity to offer which they feel may benefit other users, be it an advice service which may be relevant or a community group. Essentially, the forum is run by YOU so make of it what you will.

KAT supports Time to Change and sees mental health issues as NORMAL and the forum follows the same ethos. This is a fully moderated and confidential service which we hope will become a useful and friendly community and networking resource. Whilst it is every individuals right to feel a certain way, KAT wants to help men work through their problems in a way that will lead to them feeling positive about life. We respect that all men are individuals but feel that discussion in this way is healthy and honest and should be encouraged, as the stigma against mental health problems must end.
If you are experiencing depression, or even feeling suicidal, KAT wants you to know that you are not alone and that there is a future ahead. However, if you are experiencing these feelings, we urge you to seek professional help.

Please see our website for more information and make the most of this unique service: www.kennethatkintrust.110mb.com.

Many thanks,
The KAT Team
 
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Kenneth Atkin Trust

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How do men think?

KAT thinks that getting men in general to talk about their emotional well-being may involve changing the way that some men think. We would like to hear your views about how you feel comfortable getting support and advice and how you prefer to approach problems. You can be male or female to offer us your views or feedback. We look forward to hearing your comments.
Thanks
The KAT Team
 
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Hello. It seems to be fairly early days for your organisation. The forum cetainly has a fair way to go to get established. Good luck with it.

I belong to mixed gender online and face to face support groups for the condition I have (bipolar disorder) and I have never really considered a service for one gender.

What works best for me is a positive, problem solving approach that focuses on defined and agreed issues. I like an environment in which there is warmth and humour. I value the specialised knowledge and experience others may have and like to be able to refer what's going on to a verifiable source preferable research based. I don't function well with open-ended, indulgent, meandering situations. I guess that's all pretty blokey! :)

Edit: Oh, I like it, too, if people are comfortable when I have a good cry and don't crowd me in. :cry:
 
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riverofdragons

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Fenman would you be interested in Social events of mixed gender?
 
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Fenman would you be interested in Social events of mixed gender?
Hi, riverofdragons.

I'm not sure how to answer that. I guess it depends what they were. I don't really do socialising very much. I generally try to avoid people, especially, in numbers of more than one.

My wife and I generally like early music concerts, art galleries, museums, the countryside and good food. Just being with folk for the heck of it is not something I do. :eek:

Now if you were talking of finding a mental health project to work on, I'd be right there. :D

How are we going to get more people in this forum?
 
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riverofdragons

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I am intrigued by your comment about finding a mental health project to work on...

a friend and i have been discussing what we see as gaps in the services and support in cambridge and are hoping we can do something about it. Now this may mean publicising exsisting services that are not widely known or may involve setting something up.

I am going to start a new post about this so please have a read and see what you think.

Thanks
 
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Dollit

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This forum is actually well promoted by the members here. When the BBC health forums were open I actively promoted it and a lot of our early members came over after seeing me talk about the forum on that site.

I think sometimes single gender forums can get away from the fact that the experience is something we all have and that experience varies from person to person and gender sometimes has little to do with it. Many men have trouble in expressing how they feel but then so do many women.

We can put people into sub categories forever but that doesn't necessarily help people with their approach to problems

Often the best way we can help ourselves and one another is to share our experience not just take knowledge away with us.
 
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Nicodemus

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Does anyone know if the Kenneth Atkin Trust got off the ground? Looks like it may not have done judging by the website (though it may have moved). Sounds like a v good idea to me.
 
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