Supporting men's mental fitness

July 14 2020

A SUPPORT network for men’s mental health is expanding to cover South Gloucestershire.

Talk Club, a talking and listening club for men to improve their mental fitness, was formed because suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK.

Co-founder Ben Akers lost his childhood best friend, Steve Yates, to suicide in 2014 and Talk Club grew out of his efforts to work through his grief.

It aims to get men to talk more openly about their thoughts, feelings, worries and day-to-day problems in a relaxed, informal and non-judgemental environment.

Starting in April last year at the Bristol Beer Factory in Southville, organisers say Talk Club is the fastest-growing men’s mental fitness movement in the UK,  with 38 local groups nationally and internationally, as well as a growing online network of over 1,300 men.

Membership has grown 30 per cent since the lockdown, as meet-ups have moved online.

Talk Club’s Ian Browne said: “Isolation, money worries, the future have all been themes of concern inside the groups over the past few months, but as we come out of it Talk Club imagine the need for support to be even greater.

“That’s why they are now extending their support men in South Gloucestershire with a local group that encourages all men over 18 to join.

“You don’t just go to the gym to get fit, you go to the gym to keep fit – that’s what Talk Club is about.”

To find out more visit or join the Talk Club South Glos group on Facebook.