Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme: Free ‘Men in the Middle’ Workshop

Background to Workshop

Over the past ten years, the suicide rate among middle-aged men in Ireland has been the highest of all age cohorts. The self-harm rate among these men has also increased.

During 2017, the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) received funding from the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention to undertake a three year initiative to support service providers to address the needs of middle-aged men. In early 2018, the research conducted during Year 1 was refined and collated into a comprehensive report titled ‘Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland’ (see: www.mhfi.org/MAMRMreport.pdf).

To meet the need from practitioners to develop meaningful relationships with this target group, the Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme developed a new workshop titled ‘Men in the Middle’

Aim of Workshop

The workshop primarily focus on the engagement process (i.e. WHY and HOW to build relationships with middle-aged men), rather than offering a new or revised mental health programme (i.e. WHAT to offer them).

Objectives for Workshop

The key objectives for this Unit are to:

  • Look at how to create a ‘safe space’ for middle-aged men
  • Demonstrate why we need to work with middle-aged men to improve their mental health
  • Empathise with the world of middle-aged men, the key issues that they face, and the specific pressures upon / difficulties facing them
  • Help participants to reflect on their own value base, experience, attitudes towards and expectations of men, generally, and middle-aged men specifically and how this impacts upon their interactions
  • Examine the protective factors for good mental health and wellbeing in middle-age
  • Explore examples of what works in practice / what a male-friendly service looks like
  • Signpost participants to further sources of help, advice, guidance and support

Who Should Attend?

The aim of these workshops is to assist a broad range of practitioners and service providers to develop practical strategies for effectively engaging with middle-aged men around mental health and wellbeing issues.


The Workshop will be delivered by Lorcan Brennan and Kevin Mooney. These facilitators have successfully completed an Engage National Men’s Health Programme Training for Trainers course.


The ‘Men in the Middle’ Workshop is free for all participants.

Further Information

To book a place or to obtain further information, please contact:
Name: Michael O Donnell
Tel: 0873647901
Email: michael@gayproject.ie

This workshop will take place on 23rd April, 9:30am - 4pm in the Gay Project, 4 South Terrace, Cork City.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
9th Mar, 2020
Cork City
Expiry Date
23rd Apr, 2020