Men’s Mental Health Group

Every Man Matters

Every Man Matters is an informal group for men (18+) to get together have a brew and talk about issues in a friendly and non-judgmental environment. It’s completely free to attend (including the brew) and there are no requirements or expectations from you – just showing up is enough. Our sessions are held at YMCA Plymouth on Honicknowle Lane and are led by volunteers.

We also run a Facebook group which you’re welcome to join, share and discuss whatever’s on your mind even if you can’t come to the in-person sessions.

Drop-in sessions


Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: YMCA Plymouth, Honicknowle Lane


Session supported by:

Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: YMCA Plymouth, Honicknowle Lane

Facebook Group

Joining our Facebook Group is a great first step if you want to introduce yourself or simply be part of our community. Members can feel free to share within the group whether that be venting, sharing advice or asking for help.

Find us

We’re based at YMCA Plymouth on Honicknowle Lane, PL5 3NG. Our centre was formally known as the Kitto centre and is found opposite All Saints Academy School. When you arrive please visit reception and they will direct you to the room where our sessions are based.

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more or have any questions about our sessions, please get in touch with us.

Email: everymanmatters@ymcaplymouth.org.uk

Call: 01752 201918

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it free? Yes

Is it the same as group therapy? Our group isn’t the same as professional group therapy. We’re a free peer support group led by volunteers. Talking in an open, non-judgmental and informal group like ours can have a great benefit to our mental health. However, if you need further help and professional guidance, please see the further support details below.

What are the sessions like? Sessions are informal with discussions led by our volunteers and members which may change week to week. Sometimes it may simply be chat about football or sometimes members may want to get something off their chest. Sessions are totally open and everyone is invited to talk about whatever they feel they need to talk about. We’re a friendly group with a mixture of ages and backgrounds.

Do I have to talk?
No. You’re free to talk as much or as little as you like in a session. All we ask is you say hello and introduce yourself, but beyond that, it’s your session and totally up to you what you want to share or discuss.

Is it only for men?
Our group is open to anyone who identifies as male and was created to help overcome the stigma among men around talking about mental health. While mental health issues are universally experienced by all genders and identities, different barriers and issues exist for different groups of people, including men. By creating a group specifically for men we aim to directly address male-specific issues and the stigma that exists among men, providing an open and welcoming space where men can feel comfortable to talk.
YMCA Plymouth works with Trevi in providing specific support for women, so please reach out to them if you’re looking for women-specific support. If you’re looking for specific support for non-binary or transgender people in Plymouth, we recommend getting in touch with Not alone Plymouth.

Further Support

Every Man Matters is an informal support group open to everyone but we do not provide professional therapy or advice. Please see the contacts below if you need further support or professional help.

NHS: Click here to access relevant information about NHS Mental Health Services and Helplines.

Samaritans: 24/7 Support line. Call 116 123 (free from any phone) or email jo@samaritans.org

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK: Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. Call 0800 689 5652 (6pm to midnight every day).

Devon Mind: Offers a range mental health advice and services including helplines. Visit their website to find out more.

Horizon Counselling Services: Private counselling and therapy sessions which are available in Plymouth. Learn more here or call 01752 221119.