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.
(workshop) Every person within a business is a leader and, from CEO to new starter, each of us has the capability to change its culture. In this workshop attendees are encouraged to engage with the power of empathy, its role in society and how it can inspire trust amongst colleagues. Attendees will be challenged to recognise the importance they all play in creating an open, empathetic, communicative working environment where every person feels seen, heard and respected.
(workshop) Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. Most often the solution to this problem is identified as men needing to ‘talk more’, but this doesn’t address the fact that most men don’t know where to even start. This workshop challenges the stigma of men engaging with their mental health and attendees are then helped to identify how the external pressures men face are contributing to the problems too many of us experience. This workshop is about starting a discussion around mental resilience, and hopes to shift men away from the archaic notion that suppression is a valuable coping mechanism.
(workshop) Eighty seven percent of violent crime in the UK has a male perpetrator – and despite men being far more likely to be the victims, male violence impacts the whole of society. However, violence isn’t always physical. This workshop aims to empower attendees to proactively and safely intervene whenever they witness acts of physical, verbal, sexual or cultural violence within their peer group, the workplace or beyond. It also encourages them to understand how they can begin to safely hold space for the vital conversations that many of us would like to have, but don’t feel able to.
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"It was great having you as our guest speaker for our International Men’s Day discussion on men’s wellbeing, and how men can support each other – it was a lively and engaging discussion! We had terrific feedback from our participants, and plenty of support for establishing a Men’s Wellbeing community at the firm. I’ve asked for your support in helping me navigate the difficulties and hurdles in establishing the Men’s Wellbeing community – it’s challenging in an environment where there is large focus on historically under-represented and minority groups within the firm, but there is a clear need and appetite for this alongside all our other communities. You’ve been helpful in shaping my thoughts on this, and framing the discussions I’m having to make this a reality for the firm – I’m grateful for your continued support, as those who benefit from the community will be, of which I’m sure there will be many!"
John Midgeley - Director of Securitisation, KPMG
“It was a pleasure working with Chris. His pov as a male leader in this space is refreshing. We have worked with him on an event to create awareness on male violence against women. As a speaker, Chris was very authentic and managed to capture the audience with his honest story. As a stakeholder, he was very supportive in helping create the best concept for this audience to open up and receive the message. We’re really looking forward to working with him again and moving the needle!”
Roos Vanderdussen, EMEA Services & Experiences Manager and Wxmen of Nike lead
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