Signposting for Support & Resources for Reflection

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This resource list signposts some UK based support services. There are likely to be others in your local area or nationally that we haven’t listed here. These sources tend to be more focused on supporting men and boys, as this is who we mainly work with.

We have also brought together some videos, books, websites, blogs, and podcasts that might help you get started or continue some of the conversations Beyond Equality has. We don’t endorse everything said in every source, though do feel that they do contain perspectives that can help a lot of people understand complex issues further. 

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Signposting 

Sex and Healthy Relationships:

Safeline https://www.safeline.org.uk Safeline is a leading specialist charity for sexual abuse and rape.

Relate https://www.relate.org.uk  Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide.

Survivors UK https://www.survivorsuk.org  (Charity for male, trans and non-binary survivors of sexual assault)

GMFA https://www.lgbthero.org.uk/gmfa  Organisation specialising in gay men’s sexual health

Terrence Higgins Trust https://www.tht.org.uk  Leading UK charity for sexual health and HIV

Brook https://www.brook.org.uk Sex and relationship organisation for young people

Student Room: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=140-health-and-relationships  Informal website that provides a chat and connects students across the country.

Refuge https://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/help-for-men  Domestic violence charity - also for men - and stealth exposure to abuse against women

Your university, school or workplace will likely also offer counselling and support services which may be the easiest way for you to access longer-term support, if you feel they are appropriate to you.


Men’s Mental Health

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably): focuses on male mental health https://www.thecalmzone.net 

MIND https://www.mind.org.uk Leading mental health charity in the UK

Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org Helpline

Nightline https://www.nightline.ac.uk  Nighttime helpline run by students for students

Shout https://www.giveusashout.org Free 24/7 text service, for anyone in crisis

NHS Mental wellbeing audio guides https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzone-mental-wellbeing-audio-guides 

Taraki https://www.taraki.co.uk  Taraki works with Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health through awareness, education, support, and research.

Identities & Discrimintation 

The ManKind Project https://mankindprojectuki.org Free male-only discussion groups

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably): focuses on male mental health https://www.thecalmzone.net 

Stonewall http://www.stonewall.org.uk Leading LGBTQ+ charity

GIRES https://www.gires.org.uk Charity supporting and trans and gender non-conforming people

Scope https://www.scope.org.uk  Disabled rights charity in England and Wales

Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) https://www.sariweb.org.uk SARI provides support for victims of any type of hate crime including racist, faith-based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, etc.

Southall Black Sisters https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/contact-us established in 1979 to meet the needs of Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. Their aim to highlight and challenge all forms gender-related violence against women, empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.

Revenge Porn Helpline https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Some resources for facilitating conversations with men and boys

https://www.beyondequality.org/blog-posts/imagine-toolkit-involving-boys-in-preventing-street-harassment In 2017-18 we collaborated with leading organisations in Sweden (MAN) and The Netherlands (Emancipator) to co-develop workshops and activities to engage men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and girls. The aim of the toolkit is to share expertise and inspiration, as well as practical tips and tricks.

https://promundoglobal.org/programs/manhood-2-0/ Manhood 2.0 is a gender-transformative initiative to engage adolescent boys and young men in reflecting on the impacts of harmful gender norms in the United States.


Sex, Sexual Violence prevention and Healthy Relationships

‘All About Love’ by bell hooks

Why I'm an unhealthy consent deconstructor, not a consent educator by Jonathan Kalin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMfPuhbdsrs 

Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women - It's A Men's Issue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTvSfeCRxe8 

Sex Education - Netflix Series

White Ribbon UK https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk Campaign that works with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence)

Fawcett Society https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk The Fawcett Society is a membership charity in the United Kingdom that campaigns for women's rights and gender equality

Rape Crisis https://rapecrisis.org.uk works to raise awareness of sexual violence and campaign for change

Mental Health

Time to Talk by Alex Holmes

‘Man Up’ Slate Podcast: A Man Learns to Cry again https://slate.com/podcasts/man-up/2019/12/why-do-men-stop-crying (Check out other episodes too)

MIND – Delivering Male: Effective Practice In Male Mental Health https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support

‘Boys Don’t Cry’ by Tim Grayburn

Masculinities

‘The Descent Of Man’ by Grayson Perry

‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ by JJ Bola

‘The Straight Jacket’ by Matthew Todd

‘The Velvet Rage’ by Alan Downs

'From Jim Crow to Jay-Z' by Miles White

‘Feminism is for everybody : passionate politics’ by bell hooks

‘The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love’ by bell hooks https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/book/9780743456081 

‘Man Enough: Undefining Masculinity’ by Justin Baldoni 

‘Boys won’t be boys. Boys will be what we teach them to be’ by Ben Hurst https://www.ted.com/talks/ben_hurst_boys_won_t_be_boys_boys_will_be_what_we_teach_them_to_be?language=en 

‘The Mask You Live in’: This documentary on the American "boy crisis" Explains how to raise a healthier generation of men https://www.netflix.com/ch-en/title/80076159 

‘Feminism & Men’ by Nikki Van Der Gaag

‘The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help’ by Jackson Katz

Let’s Talk Bruh – Healthy Manhood, Toxic Masculinity & Ray Rice’s Accountability with Tony Porter https://letstalkbruh.libsyn.com/healthy-manhood-toxic-masculinity-ray-rices-accountability-with-tony-porter

100 Easy Ways to Make Women's Lives More Bearable – VICE https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bj5ex8/how-to-help-gender-equality-international-womens-day

Gender Equality Is Not A ‘Women’s Issue’ – It’s Good For Men Too – The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/08/gender-equality-not-womens-issue-good-men-too?CMP=share_btn_tw

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