Other information and supportResources for people not wanting Mankind services at this point...
Mankind isn't for everyone...
Although counselling and therapeutic groups form the basis of the Mankind programme, we recognise that not everybody wants or needs to engage with a formal service.
This page lays out some options for those who do not want, or are not ready, to access a service at this time.
Remember, this is not a one-off decision:
Mankind works in a way that encourages individuals to access a variety of resources that they feel would be helpful to them.
Mankind does not believe that men need to be engaged with services throughout their whole life.
However, we will always be here, whenever they want support
1. Other resources
There are many online resources for men who have had unwanted sexual experiences and it can be overwhelming trying to wade through all the information.
However, there are two guides that we feel draw all this information together in an accessible way:
- ‘When males have been sexually abused as children’: Produced by the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, this is a short guide with some great relevant points
- ‘Living Well: A guide for men’: This has been developed by a fellow organisation in Australia called Living Well, so please note that the resources section does not apply to the UK.
In the UK there is a consortium of organisations called, The Male Service Partnership, whose website can be viewed here
There are a number of excellent books specifically for men. Our top 3 are:
“Victims No Longer: Men recovery from incest and other sexual abuse” by Mike LEW.
A classic self help book dealing with male survivor issues, one of the first written in this field.
“Abused Boys: The neglected victims of sexual abuse” by Mic HUNTER.
An excellent self help book, with a series of survivor stories. Includes questions at the end of each chapter helping the reader relate the content to his own experience.
“Wounded Boys: Heroic Men: A man’s guide to recovering from child abuse” by Daniel Jay SONKIN.
Another well written work dealing exclusively with male survivor issues.
To find out more about books for men go to dabsbooks
2. National helpline
A useful resource for those not ready or still thinking about counselling is the national Men’s Helpline operated by Safeline
This was set up in 2015 as a confidential resource for men to access help and advice.
It is free and you will be able to talk to someone who understands what you may be going through.
- by phone – 0808 800 5005
- by text – 07860 027 573
- email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- website & instant message – www.safeline.org.uk
They are open
- Monday 10am – 4pm
- Tuesday 8am – 8pm
- Thursday 8am – 8pm
- Friday 10am – 4pm
- Saturday 10am – 12 noon