The MESOA Community

A non-judgemental, educational, online community where men can learn and talk openly about anything – and feel completely comfortable about doing so.

We want to hear from like-minded men who want to improve their lives and the lives and wellbeing of other men. Have a story you want to share? We would love to hear it.

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How Zoom changed my life - By Brad Yearsley

How Zoom changed my life - By Brad Yearsley

It’s crazy writing this because I’m terrible with my words, but I’d go on jogs which would take me over a bridge, and I would stop some nights and consider jumping. I knew it was bad, I just didn’t know what to do.
Why Men Should Use a Beard Oil

Why Men Should Use a Beard Oil

We know what you might be thinking, ‘why on earth does my beard need its own product?!’ Well, we’re here to get you in the know! It’s not always a well-known fact that your beard needs caring for. 
Ten years ago today - By Matt Jones

Ten years ago today - By Matt Jones

Ten years ago today (30th June 2011), I launched Studio Tri Ltd T/A S3 Advertising. I can remember my first day, sitting in my attic in Barry Island, surrounded by dusty boxes and Christmas decorations.  
Why Men Should Exfoliate

Why Men Should Exfoliate

Life throws you challenges every day, and your skin is no exception. An exfoliant tackles these challenges, skin first.
Drugs, Partying and Dealing – By Henry Sage

Drugs, Partying and Dealing – By Henry Sage

I managed to get some money together by getting five iPhone 6’s on contract and selling them at cash convertors as new, for half the money. I then got a flat and managed to get by, by dealing. Eventually I ended up with debt, so I moved away to escape.
The Courage - by Aaron Corria - Brotectors

The Courage - by Aaron Corria - Brotectors

These were some of the statements my self talk repeated to me over and over and over. I could only escape them at the weekends where a double vodka and coke would be my medicine.
Why Men Should Use A Hair Conditioner

Why Men Should Use A Hair Conditioner

Many men overlook conditioner, thinking short, natural hair doesn't need moisture and protection. This couldn't be further from the truth as conditioning works by smoothing down these tiny cells, so your hair stays healthy and looks smooth and shiny again.
Why Men Should Moisturise

Why Men Should Moisturise

Your skin needs to be taken care of. For decades, women have used many different oils, creams and lotions, to keep their skin healthy and beautiful. Now is the time for men to do the same! 
Why a Healthy Skin Routine Is Important For Men Too

Why a Healthy Skin Routine Is Important For Men Too

The MESOA for Men range of male skin care products has been specially created to care for men’s skin. Recognising there is a difference between male and female skin and what’s needed to keep a man’s skin looking superb is what makes MESOA the stand-out brand in the market.
From Suicidal Thoughts To Working With Brotectors

From Suicidal Thoughts To Working With Brotectors

One day I will always remember forever, and this is what inspires me to keep pushing, I returned home from a long day at work, sat on my sofa and just burst into tears. I recall thinking I have no purpose.
My Year of Isolation - By Phil

My Year of Isolation - By Phil

I will open by saying I am in no way a professional in mental health. This is simply the story of my 2019, and how I held myself together during my year of isolation. I’m on a steady, and happy road to recovery now, taking back control of my life one step at a time. This is what helped me, and I hope it can in some way help you too.
A Difficult Transition - By Matt Jess

A Difficult Transition - By Matt Jess

Throughout my professional career I never really fully understood the issues surrounding mental health until I became affected. Playing rugby for over 17 years was a privilege and something I never took for granted. I felt as if I had been chosen, one of the lucky ones and I knew one day it would have to come to a stop. We all say that we are ready to stop, but who are we kidding? To play a sport 90% of the population do for a hobby professionally is something to be very proud of and becomes part of your DNA. 
Drink, Drugs and Football

Drink, Drugs and Football

In the mid-80s, I started going to football in London with my mates. Being the mid-80s and being a bunch of impressionable, fashion conscious 15 year-old lads about town, out for the latest thrill, the London football scene of the time was an incredibly attractive scene to get involved with; fashion, music, alcohol and violence. They were like magnets to lads like us. 
Don’t be afraid to have that conversation.

Don’t be afraid to have that conversation.

“Mental Health” We hear or see these words pretty much every day in 2019, whether it be on social media, newspaper or TV.  If I had to describe what a person with a mental health illness looked like as a teenager back in 2003 Id have described a person in a straight jacket being held down by nurses in an asylum...
LESSONS FORGED IN BATTLE - BY BEN WILLIAMS

LESSONS FORGED IN BATTLE - BY BEN WILLIAMS

So, who am I, and why do I want to help men around the world find their voice? My life journey so far has been, well, a flurry of life-changing events that have opened my eyes up to the world and who I really am. My childhood was turbulent.
IN THE PURSUIT OF RELEVANCE - BY ANTHONY THOMPSON

IN THE PURSUIT OF RELEVANCE - BY ANTHONY THOMPSON

Just a little over 2 years ago, I found myself in the trickiest and most uncomfortable situation I had ever experienced. Even more so than the numerous times I had been out on patrol and in contacts in the hot sun, eating dust – whilst trying to keep me and my brothers around me alive.
FREEDOM MACHINES - BY JAMIE HIBBARD

FREEDOM MACHINES - BY JAMIE HIBBARD

I’m into my fifth year of riding motorcycles and still believe that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. At the time that I started to learn, I knew no one else that rode bikes. I had no point of reference for it, other than what I could get through digital connections.
MESOA: THE GROOMING BRAND THAT MEANS SOMETHING

MESOA: THE GROOMING BRAND THAT MEANS SOMETHING

As outlined in our first community post, MESOA is a grooming brand that helps the way men groom for the better – and the way they live for the better, too. But what does MESOA actually stand for? We’re glad you asked…
A PRODUCT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT

A PRODUCT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT

Ok, so you’ve learned about why MESOA was set up and what it means – but what about what we do? What about the products we make? Even though we’ve got big plans for future products, we chose to launch with only three: our EXFOLIANT, MOISTURISER and BEARD OIL. Why?
MENTAL HEALTH AND A MAN’S IMAGE - BY LUKE BRANDO

MENTAL HEALTH AND A MAN’S IMAGE - BY LUKE BRANDO

Mental Health is such a complicated topic, especially before you start adding society’s perception of it into the mix. People have historically seen the term ‘mental health’ as a fluffy or ‘invisible’ subject that isn’t worth exploring.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE CONVERSATION

IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE CONVERSATION

As men who have experienced (and continue to experience) mental health problems, we’ve had our fair share of conversations surrounding the topic here at MESOA. Conversations with each other. Conversations with family and friends. Conversations with doctors and medical professionals.
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE - BY BEN GALLIVAN

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE - BY BEN GALLIVAN

It probably looked like something out of a movie. [A man lays on a hotel bed – visibly broken – with a fistful of strong painkillers in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. The only distraction from his dark thoughts is the silent TV flickering in the corner of the room. He’s already been drinking all day, trying to work out how to get out of the hole he’s found himself in — but now he’s considering adding the drugs to the mixture and making the move a permanent one.