Join Monday Evening Clubs To Talk About Your Mental Health

Housebuilder Genesis Homes has thrown its weight behind a mental health charity that has 150 club locations around the UK where men can come and talk on a Monday evening. It is called AndysManClub.

The club aims to help reduce the high rates of suicide within the industry. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that there are more than 500 suicides recorded within construction each year – a rate three times higher than the national industry average.

Genesis Homes and its sister company Russell Armer Homes have chosen AndysManClub as its charity of the year for 2024. They will raise money for and awareness of, the charity which hosts weekly sessions welcoming men to open up about their feelings.

Nicky Gordon, the chief executive of Genesis Homes, has been touched by the great work AndysManClub has done nationwide to break down the stigma of men’s mental health. He says: “It is heartbreaking to read the stats about the high level of suicides in construction. It is an industry dominated by men. Measures need to be implemented to try to reduce this worrying trend.

“For whatever reason, there has always been a stigma around men showing emotion, talking about their mental health and letting others know they’re struggling as if it is some sort of weakness.

“What AndysManClub does is let men know that it’s not a sign of weakness. Conversely, it is okay to talk and share your feelings…that to me shows bravery.”



Gordon adds: “I have heard so much positivity about AndysManClub and how the weekly sessions can provide lifelines for men having a tough time by bringing people together every Monday evening and letting them know they’re not alone in whatever fight they’re fighting.

“The charity has proven that talking can save lives. We want the construction industry to throw its weight behind this amazing charity and that is why we are supporting AndysManClub as a business.”


The club

AndysManClub was established seven years ago following the death of Andrew Roberts, who died of suicide at the age of 23, to offer a place men could gather regularly and talk about their mental health in a non-judgmental environment.

The charity now has more than 150 locations throughout the UK, with further clubs to open in the coming months.

Lucas Whitehead, the head of marketing and partnerships at AndysManClub, says: “We cover communities across the country and we would welcome construction workers or from any other sector for that matter, with open arms to any of our clubs. They can find out where their local club is by visiting our website.”


Picture: Nicky Gordon of Genesis Homes is encouraging more men to talk about suicide and is raising money for AndysManClub.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
23rd February 2024


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