Welcome Dan! Our Newest Ambassador!

Welcome Dan! Our Newest Ambassador!

Men Walking and Talking was created by Dan Reid from Telford. I had always found it difficult to open up about how I was feeling. I got to a point where I felt so low that something had to change, after encouragement from my wife and a lot of deliberating I began seeing a therapist. This was the best thing I could have done at that point and was the catalyst for the change that I needed in my life. I still have the daily struggles that many other men have one of the main ones being the feeling of constantly feeling not good enough. I then began to work with a life coach to focus on building my self esteem and confidence. This drove me to create a space for men which is focussed on connection and talking openly about the struggles that effect us all. So I set up Men Walking and Talking about 7 months ago after I had been struggling with my mental health. During this time the more conversations I had with men I realized that they felt that they did not really have an outlet.
For that reason, I wanted to create a group that was a safe space for men to open up about their struggles but without any pressure put on them to do so. Over the past few months, the group has grown to the extent that we have walks running in Shrewsbury, Telford, Stourport  and Oswestry, Worcester, Kidderminster and Chester. We meet once a week at each location. We usually walk for about an hour around the local area. Due to the varying ages we have, I tend to make it no longer than that. The group's vary in size week to week but recently we have been averaging between 10 and 15 at each group. Finding things to talk about has never really been an issue in the groups. I think when you give blokes a space that is open and non-judgemental it is a massive relief that they no longer have to bring the bravado that society sometimes expects of men.
We now have 7 walk leaders who all do a fantastic job in welcoming in guys who are struggling. The walk leaders are making positive changes in their own communities and the that Men Walking and Talking empowers them to find their voices is amazing.
Please check our the walking a talking group on Instagram, @menwalkingandtalking_
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