The importance of MEN-tal health
By the Options Wellbeing Team
Men’s Health Week might be over (June 13 – 19, 2022) but the importance of talking about men’s mental health doesn’t stop just because a new week has started.
Men and mental health
In England, around one in eight men have a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Unfortunately, figures can only tell us about mental health problems that have been reported. There are still many that go undiagnosed.
It is thought three times as many men as women die by suicide.
Men aged 40 – 49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.
Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women too. Only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.
Unfortunately, there are still gender stereotypes surrounding men and their mental health, and many still believe that they should be ‘strong’ and not show weakness through talking about their problems.
This is simply not true, and while we are improving these gender stereotypes, there is still some way to go to make sure men are confident enough to know that talking about any issues is the strong thing to do.
How can I look after my mental health?
If you’re a man wanting to start looking after your mental health, perhaps try to be more open and honest with friends and family about your feelings. You could also work on keeping active through exercise and eating well.
If things are getting too much for you, it’s important to speak to your GP, or if you’re experiencing a crisis or have thoughts to self-harm, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 for free. They’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever you are going through. You can also visit their website here.
You could also contact us and talk to one of our professional counsellors. We offer a range of professional and affordable counselling and wellbeing support in Southampton, Hampshire and Dorset.
Listen and stay in touch
If you would like to help a man in your life with their mental health, you can start by letting them know you are there for them and will listen without judgement.
Regularly keep in touch with them, whether that is by email, text message or phone call.
Reassure them it is ok to ask for help and that support is out there.
You could also suggest they get in touch with us too.
How we can help
We help people with a wide range of life issues including anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, low self-esteem, trauma, and relationships through counselling and therapy, personal wellbeing and healthy lifestyle programmes.
We can support people online, over the phone, or in person at one of our therapy hubs in Southampton or Bournemouth.
Free initial chat
We also offer a free, confidential, 20-minute telephone consultation with one of our counsellors to see if our services would be right for you.
You can get in touch with us here or you can call us on 023 8063 0219.