A new group which aims to shatter the stigma around men's mental health has been launched in Whitehaven.

'Mind Ya Marras' has been set up on the Mirehouse estate by councillor Carl Walmsley and a number of dedicated volunteers who are trained mental heath first aiders.

The group provides a meeting place for men to talk, play games and enjoy food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Any men who have experienced mental health issues are encouraged to attend, whether it be to share their stories and inspire others, or to get out of the house and socialise with like-minded people.

Simon Clarkson, Mike Aitkin, Adam Amor and Gavin Cattanachi will be running the group along with Coun Walmsley, and Emma Baughan will be working behind the scenes.

Coun Walmsley said: "Obviously being the Copeland Health and Wellbeing Champion and with my passion for mental health, I've jumped at the chance to get involved in this.

"We are targeting men to give them an environment to talk openly. I don't think there's anything round here similar so it's much needed. The suicide statistics for men in the area are shocking so we are hoping to give a format to shatter the stigma of mental health and suicide."

The group meets at 7pm every Monday at the Top of the Shops cafe, Mirehouse.