Why Male Loneliness Matters – and what we can do about it

Join us at 53two in Manchester 7-9pm on Thursday 17th November 2023 to hear writer Max Dickins talk about his latest book Billy No-Mates: How I Realised Men Have a Friendship Problem.

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When Max Dickins decided to propose to his girlfriend, he realised there was no one he could call on to be his best man.

Author of ‘Billy No-Mates: How I Realised Men Have a Friendship Problem’, Max quickly learned that he wasn’t the only man struggling with friendships. For decades, countless studies from across the world have confirmed that men have fewer close friends than women – and the problem gets worse the older men get.

Brilliant… one of the most important books I’ve read this year… [this book] asks us to put a mirror up to our own friendships. Nihal Arthanayake, Radio5Live

Join us in this funny and fascinating talk to hear Max talk on why this happens and what men can do about it.

A funny but deeply uncomfortable read for those men… who have allowed their male friendships to wither. Sunday Times

You will learn:

  • The link between social connections and mental and physical health.
  • The nature of men’s friendship problem and its three main causes, and some practical solutions.
  • Why masculinity isn’t ‘toxic,’ but can get in the way of intimate relationships.
  • What the differences are between the male and female social worlds – and why it’s important to understand these.
  • What we can all do to have more – and more fulfilling – friendships.

A poignant – and very funny – odyssey. Daily Mail

After talking to an expert on friendship, Max decided to do something about his own loneliness and will share what he learned and put into practice at the event which will be hosted by Virgin Radio DJ Tim Cocker.

The event has been arranged as part of the Greater Manchester Shining a Light on Suicide Campaign.

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An image of a book cover for the book Billy No Mates. How I realized men have a friendship problem by Max Dickins