Projects The Changing Room

Men are two-a-half times more likely than women to die by suicide each year, with the biggest group at risk being men in their forties and early fifties.

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) launched a unique programme earlier in 2018 which will bring men together using the power of football to promote mental health and wellbeing.

The Changing Room is a pilot project working with the SPFL Trust, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian to engage with men in the heart of their community, to take action for their mental health.

This project is the first in Scotland to be funded by the global men’s health charity, Movember Foundation. The Foundation raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

The Changing Room will exist both offline and online where men (age 30 to 64 years) will have an innovative, inspirational and safe place where they can take action for their mental health. The aim is to increase the social connectedness of men in their middle years and deliver a programme of activity that will reduce loneliness and ultimately improve their mental health and wellbeing.

More you should know

  • SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health, a charity dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all.
  • SAMH submitted a pilot project plan to Movember’s Social Innovators Challenge and were successful with ‘The Changing Room’.
  • The Changing Room is funded by the Movember Foundation, delivered in partnership with SAMH and SPFL Trust working with Hibernian
  • A second Changing Room was opened at Tynecastle Park as part of a new partnership with Big Hearts in October 2018
  • The Changing Room will act as a gateway, linking men to community resources and deliver direct interventions co-produced with men forming new connections through group activities to improve their mental health.
  • For more information on Movember Foundation visit

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