Suicide Prevention Fundraising
Help us keep our work going, the more we raise the faster we can develop and get our suicide intervention to people at risk of suicide. Thanks for your interest in supporting our ambition.
What’s MMM’s Purpose?
Men’s Minds Matter have been raising awareness male suicide for over a decade. We continue to be a leading voice in campaigning to bring suicide higher up on the priority list.
Getting men to talk is one thing, making sure there is someone to talk too is another. We recognised early on the need more effective intervention when people do ask for help.
In 2016, we shifted our focus on to developing psychological interventions for people at risk of suicide. In 2021, we launched the Men’s Minds Matter model of Psychological Entrapment and Suicidal Crisis.
We now work towards making this intervention available to as many people as quickly as possible. All the money we raise goes towards this ambition.
What is the benefit to the community
We speak directly to men who are largely forgotten about when it comes to receiving care and support. The Men’s Minds Matter platform was set up for this purpose and we focus on helping people who are suicidal.
In the past year our campaigns have reached over 5 million people. More importantly they have led to us supporting people who are suicidal and our intervention is being already helping to save lives.
Our psychological approach also helps us to skill up families, friends and communities to be more skilful in the support they offer. Our approach is unique and our model is one of a kind.
Your fundraising helps us to do more, sooner.
We use the Local Giving platform where our fundraisers can set up their own page for their fundraising event. Once set up, you can then direct your supporters to your page so they can make a donation.
What are the outcomes of our work?
Awareness raising, campaigning and intervening to save lives
Men’s Minds Matter initially set out to raise awareness of male suicide, which at the time we started was a largely ignored issue. Our work, alongside other individuals and organisations, brought male suicide (and suicide more generally) into focus. Our work helped get the male gender recognised as an at risk group in the National Suicide Prevention Policy.
We continue to campaign and raise awareness of male suicide. Our recent campaigns, produced by Media Bounty & supported by Clear Channel, have reached over 5 million people in the past year alone.
In 2016, Men’s Minds Matter made the transition into becoming a service for men when they talked. We recognised early the absence of services in this space and knew that if we were asking men to talk, there needs to be someone to talk too. We now focus on our strength which is in developing and delivering psychological interventions for people at risk of suicide. Our approach brings together clinical experience, lived experience and psychological science.
In 2021, we launched the Men’s Minds Matter model of psychological entrapment and suicidal crises. This is the only model of its kind which captures the suicidal experience in its entirety. It’s is already saving lives in the therapy room but we know we are just at the beginning. Our aim now is to get our interventions out to as many people as possible through our digital platforms. We use the money from our fundraisers for this purpose.
Our psychological model now underpins everything we do at Men’s Minds Matter and it’s what sets us apart from other charities and not for profits in this space.
How do we use the funds we raise?
We want to make our intervention freely available to people who are suicidal.
We use all the money raised by our fundraiser to develop our intervention for people who are suicidal. Although we are currently run by volunteers we do need to bring in specialist skills and knowledge to achieve our ambitions and progress our projects. Below are some example of how we make use of the money we raise.
This is the big ticket. We want to make our self help app as soon as we can. A donation of this size would make it happen and keep it live for 3 years. We’re working towards it already and will make it happen regardless. However, if you can help us get it done sooner then why not go large.
We have started to build our web-application. We plan to do this incrementally and have our strategy laid out. We know we can launch aspects as we go along that will be of help. By doing so we can get live saving support to people in need. A donation of this size enables us to develop an evidence based practice component of our suicide intervention app.
We have a range of videos which we need to produce which offer psycho-educational material. To produce a reasonably well produced and edited instructional video does cost money. We’ve had it costed and for what we need each video is somewhere in this range.
We are always open to doing things using minimal resources and like to get the best value from the money we spend. We are able to film content ourselves which use across our platforms. To have these edited professionally would cost somewhere in this range.
We make a little go a long way. The current cost to take material and produce a booklet designed for print is between £50 – £100 which is great value. We have a number of booklets are available to people in crisis and those who support them. We have more to come too.
We make a little go a long way. For 2023 we need approximately £15000 to cover basic costs. Because we are run by volunteers and many of our supporters work pro-bono our costs are kept low. As we grow costs do increased but for now we think this represents good value and it highlights how carefully we use the money we raise.
This amount over the next three years would allow for us to really step things up and bring in the staff needed to drive MMM forwards. We £50 000 per year would cover costs for a business manager and additional running costs.
That’s right, the cost to run these sessions are much lower than the other cost described above. These day long training sessions help people become more confident and able to support people in a suicidal crisis.
Supervision of clinicians working with people who are suicidal in Men’s Minds Matter is provided currently at not cost by Luke. However, to be able to offer more free sessions to people in crisis we need clinical supervisor for our clinicians.
Our clinicians need space to work from. Our current room space in provided free by The Couch. However, to be able to offer more session we need spaces to work from.
There is so much day to day administration which needs to be done to stay on top of things. Having support with this allows us to focus on developing our interventions.