Conversations Change Lives
Help us get the conversation started!
“Mental ill health is not a terminal disease, but it’s the biggest killer to men aged between 19-50, we need to change this, we need this to stop. Your attitude to mental health can change someone’s life, please work with us to break the stigma, raise awareness, educate and start the conversation... Conversations Change Lives, together let’s get the conversation started and let’s give people the lives they deserve”
What is MATES ?
Mental Health Awareness Through Educational Speaking
MATES CIC was created to be a safe community where people can speak openly about mental health.
It’s about honest, friendly and real conversations.
MATES was created in 2017 by Dave Chase who recruited some of his own mates to volunteer and help create a new online an in-person mental health support group.
We revolve around a safe Facebook members-only group which acts as an online chat room for people to speak openly about mental health.
As well, we hold regular and weekly activities to give our community plenty of events, places and opportunity to go out and where our MATES Ambassadors are on hand to start the conversations and listen without stigma or judgement.
What we do in person...
What we do online...
Join our Strava!
As well as online and in-person, MATES have a number of Strava groups!
This is a great little community that doesn't matter where in the world you are, or if you are not physically near one of our events, we can still support each other, even without meeting.
This is great, especially for people with anxiety.
Nothing here that tickles your fancy?
Both MATES and MATES FC work closely with the great people at active Essex.
Active Essex do everything they can to keep the people of Essex healthy, active and occupied, whether that be physical or mental health.
By clicking on their great Find Your Active website, Active Essex have made a one-stop-shop of listing as many activities available in Essex as possible.
This could be anything from gardening, helping out at an alotment, to different sports, all in our community.