The Proper Lads Club on a walk in Greenwich

Proper Blokes Club: The walking group fighting male mental health stigma

The Proper Blokes Club is a community group fighting against male mental health stigma through weekly walks across London. 

The club began as a simple Facebook page in 2020 and now has over ten groups organising regular sessions across the capital. 

The walks started later in lockdown, reminding group-members that they were not alone in their struggles or isolation. 

Walk and talk: The walks continue to grow in popularity

Danny Pitcher, 38, joined the Southwark branch of The Proper Blokes Club to develop his social circle and discuss his difficulties with people who could relate. 

Two years later, Danny says he’s addicted to the club, having joined a local community and established good friendships through the group. 

He said: “It’s important to know the group is not a cure for people with serious issues like depression or addiction, but it is a good outlet. 

“The people who come along gain the sense of achievement that they can reach that next step in life.”

Danny says walking allows attendees to relax and enjoy physical exercise and companionship in a supportive and intimate environment. 

He said: “Walking freely in the open air with no judgement is a key reason why people keep coming along. 

“There’s always the space for people to cry and share their emotions, we all rally around one another no matter what.”

For more information about the club and walks near you visit @BlokesClub on X. 

Featured image credit: The Proper Blokes Club

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