Our aim is to create a one-stop space offering stories, support and valuable resources for those in need.
The Mental Health Hub for Men in Wales. Born from a group of compassionate people who recognised there wasn't a comprehensive platform for men grappling with their mental well-being.
The Founders' Journey: Compassion and Empathy
Each member of the team behind helpu. has personally encountered mental health challenges, with some having experienced the devastating impact of suicide within their close circle of family and friends. These personal struggles fostered a deep sense of empathy and understanding, fuelling a determination to make a positive difference.
By “men,” we refer to individuals who identify as male or may identify as non-binary.
A Non-Governmental Initiative
While helpu. is a crucial resource for mental health support, it is not a governmental or NHS initiative.
A Non-Religious Initiative
It is important to note that it is a non-religious initiative. The organisation’s primary focus is on fostering a safe and inclusive space for individuals struggling with mental health challenges, irrespective of their religious beliefs or affiliations.
A Community Interest Company
helpu. operates as a Community Interest Company (CIC). A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a structure designed for enterprises that operate primarily to benefit the community and address social or environmental issues, with any profits reinvested back into the community rather than distributed to shareholders.
At the heart of helpu. lies a dedicated team of volunteers who work to fulfill its mission. The organisation is governed by this small, passionate group, which operates with an advisory and steering capacity. This structure ensures that decisions are made collaboratively and with the best interests of the community in mind.
Current Oversight / Advisory Board
Councillor Rhys Livesy – Cardiff Council
Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Common Ground / Plaid Cymru, Plaid Werdd, Tir Cyffredin
Michele Ryan UKCP – MSc Systemic Psychotherapist
Michelle is a qualified family psychotherapist registered with the UKCP and AFT, with experience in various clinical settings. She specialises in systemic therapy, focusing on relationships, communication, and desired changes.
Nick Corrigan, Director, Media Academy Cymru
For over 30 years Nick has led services in wellbeing for young people to empower, educate and support change, focussing for the last 21 years on services across Wales. Nick founded and has led Media Academy Cymru for the last 12 years.
Dylan is a Director of digital acquisition at Lloyds Banking Group. With over 18 years of experience in the industry, he is a BAFTA Award-winning digital specialist and Chartered Marketer. Previously, he played a pivotal role at the BBC, overseeing successful multi-channel campaigns.
Rhys ab Owen MS Senedd Regional Member
Independent Plaid Cymru Member South Wales Central
Mark Smith, Men’s Mental Health Campaigner
Mark has worked in mental health for over ten years, most recently with the Mental Health Foundation. He is a passionate campaigner with Time to Change Wales, has organised arts and mental health festivals, and set up a social enterprise called Sixty Six / Ninety Nine.
Alison Quinn, a former BBC producer, combines her media production expertise with a passion for community engagement and campaigns. With a proven track record of developing impactful projects, she has successfully connected with diverse audiences and facilitated meaningful conversations.
Aled Jones is a Freelance Project Manager for the Arts Council of Wales and the Managing Director of Y Pod Cyf, a podcast production house. He focuses on creating online resources for the wellbeing of the healthcare workforce through the arts. Aled has produced podcasts and BBC radio programs.
Key Production Team
Ian is a highly accomplished producer with a strong background in media and broadcasting. As a producer at BBC Wales, he has played a pivotal role in creating engaging and informative content for a wide range of channels and audiences. Ian is also a trained and qualified therapist specialising in systemic, narrative and solution-focused therapy. Ian is also the owner of Auntie Margaret, a content creation business
Nathan James Woolls
Nathan is a seasoned designer with over 20 years of experience. He has worked with a wide range of clients across the UK and held creative roles in various private and public sector organisations.
Jake R Smith
Jake is a skilled camera operator, DOP and filmmaker. With a passion for documentary and adventure films, he captures captivating visuals that transport viewers into immersive storytelling experiences.
Phil excels in ghostwriting, creative content creation and social media management.
Craig Bates is a skilled digital editor currently serving at Wales Millennium Centre. With a background in media production and extensive experience as a Digital Producer at ITN and at 5 News.
Owen is a production co-ordinator and works for The Office for National Statistics.
Edd is a digital fundraising and comms professional who has worked with a variety of charities and non-profits over the past seven years. He specialises in digital advertising, analytics, content strategy and donor journeys.
Press and PR
Working Word (Press) Contact: Lydia.Lambert@workingword.co.uk