Men’s Mental Health Month
The Mental Health Foundation have designated November as Men’s Mental Health Month.
It’s hard not to look beyond the startling stats on suicide when thinking of men’s mental ill health. Of the people who complete suicide, 75% identify with being male. And suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 50.
Societal expectations, perception of masculinity and reluctance to speak up and seek help are just a few of the myriad of factors why men may suffer mental ill health.
But it’s the lack of talking this campaign wants to address with three ways to get involved to help men have better mental health:
- Message a mate: Check in if someone is alright
- Wear the green ribbon: Create a safe space for men to reach out
- Host a Curry & Chaat: Cook or order takeaway and come together over Zoom and create a safe space for men to talk
If you are a man experiencing mental health problems, you may find the below links the comments helpful.
Hope today you have a good mental health day.
- CALM: Campaign against Living Miserably Campaign about fighting depression amongst young men. Helpline: 0800 58 58 58; open Sat. to Tues. 5.00m to midnight.
- Depression Alliance: You can call for an information pack on 0845 123 23 2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aware: An organisation based in Ireland that assists and supports those suffering from depression and their families. Telephone number: 00 353 1890 303 302
- Men’s Health Forum: Charity for male health in England and Wales that tackles the issues and inequalities affecting the health and well-being of men and boys.
- Mental Health Forum: A community where members can get mutual support, and discuss mental health policy and service development issues.
- Samaritans: Samaritans is a charity based in the UK and Republic of Ireland that provides confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing. Helpline: 08457 909090 (UK) or 1850 609090 (Eire)