Leeds Met students encourage men to Torque

Peter Khoo with the Big Boys Should Cry poster

 A competition at Leeds Metropolitan University to find the name for a new men only support group has found its winner.  Torque, which was suggested by Peter Khoo, who manages the Rose Bowl HelpZone, was picked from a list of over 50 entries.   

Peter has not only won the prestigious prize of naming the very first men only support group, but he has also scooped a £50 voucher for Tiger Tiger in Leeds.

The group has been set up as a result of the increase in male students seeking counselling since the Big Boys Should Cry campaign began. Torque will offer a relaxed and confidential space for male students to come and talk to their peers, play music and watch films.  The group will be facilitated by Ian Clarke, Equality and Diversity Manager and Karl Witty Research Officer in the Centre for Men’s Health. 

Peter Khoo said: “Torque is just a play on words, but a play on words that perhaps many men will recognise. Torque is a force, Talk can be a force.  Giving people a safe space (both physically and in terms of time) is always a good idea and I hope that the name Torque will attract lots of men to the group.”

The group is open to male students and staff at Leeds Met and the first meeting will be held on the the 18th of May at 5.30pm till 7pm in Rose Bowl 231. 

Karl Witty said: “Torque is a group which questions male stereotypes and embraces male diversity. It provides a valuable forum for men of all ages to discuss issues which are concerning them, in a way which best meets their needs as individuals.”

Adam Burns said: “I am so pleased that our campaign has provoked such a strong reaction and I am sure that Torque will be a huge success.  We want to remove the stigma of “going to counselling” from our group and that is why we encourage male students to come and talk about anything from music to politics.  The atmosphere will be very relaxed and Ian and Karl will be there to offer professional support if needs be.

“We are at the time of year where students have a lot of deadlines, exams and pressures to find work placements so things can become very stressful.  Torque offers a place to come and share experiences with fellow students and to get things of your chest.”  

Adam and Elizabeth have also recently set up a website, blog and Twitterpage to raise the profile of their campaign and to give male students the opportunity to interact and receive information. 

Ian Clarke added: “Torque is another means of promoting equality and diversity and to make all services at Leeds Met both open and accessible” 

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