Brothers In Arms is Scotland’s first mental health and suicide prevention charity for men. Their ethos is “prevention through self management,” giving men the tools to continuously manage and maintain their mental health to avoid falling into a state of crisis.
What Do Brothers In Arms Do?
Their main service is their “Brothers-Thrive” app, which offers users access to fully trained licenced clinical psychologists via instant messaging from their phone. Allowing men to essentially attend therapy from wherever they are, the app provides numerous benefits. One of these benefits is anonymity, which for some, is essential. This is especially the case in particularly rural areas where communities are small and tight knit, over the fear of speaking openly to their GP about their feelings. In particular, the app has seen significant usage in the Highlands and Islands. During lockdown, the service was particularly effective, seeing as the NHS was under strain and people were confined to their homes.
The only of its kind in Scotland, the service is completely free and NHS approved. In addition, the app has many other functions, including meditation tools, deep muscle relaxation and sleep tips, as well as a cognitive behavioural therapy course, teaching men how to control thoughts which in turn controls mood and actions.
Earlier this year, Brothers in Arms launched the “Parents and Guardians” app, which is designed for parents with a child under the age of 16, who need advice or assistance in how to help a struggling teenager. Parents and guardians have access to the psychologists and can go to them for direct assistance and advice in how they can help their child.
Additionally, after receiving a lot of correspondence via social media regarding men struggling with not having their usual outlets last year over partial lockdown, BIA launched their peer support group. This is a weekly casual meeting between like minded men who talk over a coffee in Glasgow West Ends’ “The Brunch Club.”
How You Can Support the Charity
If you want to support Brothers in Arms, you can cast your vote for them in our charity poll to help them win 20% of our profits. You can find out more about the charity by visiting their website: https://www.brothersinarmsscotland.co.uk.