Men’s Health Week is celebrated annually during the week leading up to Father’s Day. The purpose is to raise awareness of health issues that disproportionately affect men and encourage them to do something about it. As today sees the end of Mens Health Week, i would like to share my blog piece that i have written.
This year this special awareness week has focused on men’s mental health as the COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and this can have a negative effect on mental health.
Mental illnesses affect both men and women. However, men are less likely to have received treatment due to social expectations. The stigma that exists around mental health means men have increased difficulty addressing their health and seeking help. Suicide is the largest cause of death for men under 50 in the UK, so it is important to create awareness to try and save as many lives as possible.
If you notice that you or someone that you know is experiencing multiple warning signs, then it may be time to seek help:
- Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Social withdrawal
- Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts
If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help:
- Talk to somebody you trust e.g. a family member or close friend
- Visit online forums where you can read about other people’s experiences
- Contact your GP
- Find your local support group on the ‘Mind’ website
- Contact a helpline e.g. Breathing Space or Samaritans’
- If you require urgent support, please call the Samaritans on 116 123 for 24hr advice and support.