Chris Hemmings is a psychotherapist, coach, author and public speaker who has dedicated his career to exploring issues of masculinity, gender, and identity. His most notable work is the book “Be A Man: How Macho Culture Damages Us and How to Escape It,” which examines the damaging effects of traditional masculine stereotypes on men’s mental health, relationships, and wellbeing.
He’s the founder of the organisation M-Path, who deliver talks and workshops around masculinity & empathy, men’s mental health and bystander intervention to organisations all over the world. M-Path also helps businesses develop men’s well-being networks; acting as allies, consultants and facilitators, they aid men to create the healthy male spaces they’ve often longed for, but haven’t felt able to create. He’s a psychotherapist and coach registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. He works solely with male clients on a one-to-one basis as well as developing men’s groups – he has a keen interest in developing spaces for men to engage with their emotional well-being.
Chris Hemmings previously spent ten years as journalist making documentaries on the subject for the BBC, as well as writing about men for The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph, where he has shared his insights and opinions on topics related to masculinity and gender equality. He is a passionate advocate for social change and has worked with a range of organizations and campaigns to promote gender equity and healthy masculinity.
Chris Hemmings is a dynamic and engaging public speaker who has delivered talks and workshops on masculinity, mental health, and social justice in various venues, including schools, universities, conferences, and corporate events. He is known for his ability to connect with diverse audiences and to challenge and inspire them to reflect on their own beliefs and behaviours before encouraging them to become active agents for change.
As a psychotherapist and coach who specialises in working with male clients, he has developed a keen understanding of the issues men face when it comes to engaging with their own emotional well-being. Chris is an advocate for men to move away from suppression as a coping mechanism, whilst also understanding it’s going to take a lot more than simply telling men to ’talk more’. Men face unique pressures when it comes to enabling with their own emotional health, and Chris acts as a guide, recognising that reality and moving away from blaming and shaming men, to a place of compassion and understanding of their reality.
Much of Chris’ work derives from his personal experience of abiding by rigid masculine expectations and the understanding of the impact that had on his life. Chris implores audiences to move away from demonising language such as ‘toxic masculinity’ and to celebrate maleness in its many forms. All-the-while he encourages audiences to recognise that rigid masculine expectations can cause some men to engage in harmful behaviours towards themselves, each other and those around them. Chris is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community and incorporates that knowledge and understanding in to his work.
As a society we are rightly giving a lot of focus and attention on reducing violence against women and girls. It’s Chris’ belief that VAWG is a symptom of the a bigger problem, that being the normalisation of violent behaviours between and amongst men and boys. Chris engages his audience in the reality that while men are the most likely perpetrators of violence, we’re also the most likely victims, too. It’s only be engaging in that reality that we can encourage more men in engaging with these vitally important matters.
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