Menspeak

June 04, 2006 19:01 ET

Menspeak: Man Can Not Live By Football Alone! 'Dick Dialogues' Kicks-Off National Men's Health Week, 12 June 2006

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) - 'Dick Dialogues', a 'Vagina Monologues' type open forum, will be launched by MIND Award nominees Michael Elias and Edward Seeker, co-authors of the first 18 Certificate book "MEN Speak the Unspeakable" on 12th June 2006, at London's Black Box Theatre, Diorama 1 Arts Centre, 34 Osnaburgh Street, London NW1 3ND. Pounds Sterling 10 (Pounds Sterling 7 concessions) 7.30pm start, to kick off this year's National Men's Health Week with a sure goal. For men to speak and get healthy.

Men will be invited to speak about their relationships to their penis, and anything else that springs to mind, including mental health issues and what has, and has not worked for them. A far cry from the tribal chanting from the football stands, the ritualistic drowning of personal sorrows and the temporary tactile intimacy of backslapping and punch-ups that often follow.

The theme for this year's Men's Health Week is men and mental wellbeing. Many men find it difficult to honestly discuss their feelings. Men are widely acknowledged as reluctant to seek professional help for mental or emotional health problems from either the medical, or the psychological services. These services sometimes show limited understanding of how to work with men effectively on mental health issues. This week will aim to address all aspects of mental health, from suicide (the most common cause of death for men under the age of 35) through to stress and anxiety. Michael and Edward also will run 'open' Men's Groups on Tuesday 13th June at The Happiness Centre, 204 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7JD (Shepherds Bush tube) 7pm (7.15pm start); and Thursday 15th June at Diorama 2, 3-7 Euston Centre, Regents Place, London NW1 3JG (Warren Street tube) 6.15pm (6.30pm start). Pounds Sterling 10 (Pounds Sterling 5 conc.) Men only.

"Sex and drugs aren't the big taboos they used to be. The stories behind the abuse and addictions are! Family secrets and lies, unspoken boys-stuff that men dare not discuss and issues lumped under mental health, that originally came from suppressed childhood experiences, are where emotional 'pause buttons' initially got depressed." States facilitator Michael Elias. "Such experiences tend to demand either that our 'life-scripts' are endlessly repeated, with new people replacing the original role-players; or the opposite bullying 'counter-script' of denial and projection onto others, in the name of shame-free survival. In my opinion, the object of the exercise, is awareness. With awareness comes power and choice."

For tickets or further information on 'Dick Dialogues', "MEN Speak the Unspeakable", or the MENSpeak men's groups visit http://www.menspeak.co.uk. For tickets or further information on The National Men's Health Week visit http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk.

For an interview, further info, etc. please contact Michael Elias on 07723 396670, or publicity@menspeak.co.uk or visit http://www.menspeak.co.uk for photograph downloads.

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