A new bereavement information hub helping men to deal with loss and grief will be launched in the city later this month.
The hub, which will be held virtually, has been set up by Wolverhampton-based Compton Care’s Compassionate Communities Team alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation and launches on Tuesday February 16.
The decision to set up a hub specifically aimed at men comes after a report by Wolverhampton’s Council Health Scrutiny Panel in 2019 found that between 2015-17, 80% of people who took their own lives were men.
The hub is run by trained volunteers and will offer men the chance to express their feelings with others who have also experienced loss and grief.
Maz Kull, Community Engagement Coordinator, said: “Following the successful introduction of our virtual bereavement information hubs we are delighted to be working in partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers to offer a hub specifically for men.
“We know that in Wolverhampton between 2015-17, 82% of people who took their own lives were men which is why we are expanding our bereavement support for this, free to access service, for men aged 18 and over.
“The new online bereavement information hub will be giving men the opportunity to meet others who have been affected and share their experiences of loss and grief.”
Prior to the pandemic, the charity hosted regular monthly bereavement hubs at various venues across Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire and Dudley. These were then hosted virtually so that support could still be offered. It is hoped the latest hubs aimed at men will also have their own venue once the pandemic is over.
Rachel Smith, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Wolves Foundation said: “‘We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Compton Care to deliver bereavement hubs specifically for men. Compton Care already do great work running bereavement hubs for all, but we wanted to be able to offer men a bespoke session where they can attend and feel comfortable talking about grief.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic has brought about a lot of bereavement and it’s important people talk about how they are feeling and reach out for support and learn how to support others.
“We are also linking together to help deliver additional workshops to our men’s mental health programme, Head 4 Health, around bereavement and grief which I know will be very popular and helpful.”
The initial idea for creating the hubs was identified due to the limited resources available to people facing a bereavement across the region. The hubs usually take place in a café-style format to allow people to relax and feel comfortable enough to talk about their experiences, with sessions facilitated by a minimum of two fully-trained volunteers.
To find out more about Compton’s virtual bereavement information hubs and to get involved call 01902 774570 or visit comptoncare.org.uk