AN Eastbourne charity has been nominated for the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Mankind is one of nine organisations shortlisted in East Sussex, and a reception was held at Eastbourne Town Hall to highlight the great work they all do.

Ian Pickard from Mankind said: “We are really excited to have been nominated. We now have to wait until November when hopefully the Palace will say yes.

“It would be great to receive recognition for the work we do.”

Ian Pickard and Paul Roskilly decided they wanted to do something after a friend took their own life back in 2019.

Both had experienced their own metal health issues in the past, realising that for men very often it’s hard to talk about their problems. Mankind was born.

It started just before the first Lockdown and only one (or two) meetings were held face to face before they transferred to Zoom. Ian and Paul haven’t looked back.
Ian said: “Every Wednesday we have a meeting so that people can talk and be listened to.
“It’s a completely non-pressure environment, and if people want to stay quiet then they can.
“You can do exactly what you want. Our aim is to help people, and for many the hardest thing is to accept you have a problem.
“It may be anxiety, depression, stress, alcohol, sexuality, something that happened when you were a child, it could be family issues.
“We are here to help. We never judge.”

To contact Mankind, go to Mankind Support Group – Mental Health Help for Men (mankindcic.co.uk)