Men’s mental health was never given much attention. Fortunately, times have changed and here at Core Medical Clinics, we are talking about it more and more!
Men’s mental health plays a huge part in the physical and health and well being of men. The statistics show 1 in 8 men are suffering from a common mental health problem in England. There were 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain in 2017, for every 3 in 4 were males. Suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 50. These are worryingly high numbers and men are reluctant to speak about their problem to a loved one or to seek help.
Why does it seem to be more difficult for men to address their own mental health? What is stopping men from seeking help?
Well, one reason is to meet societies’ expectation because traditionally men and women behaved in a certain manner to fit into their roles. This may have a part to play in how they perceive mental health.
For instance, men are still faced with some outdated stereotypes; men as a source of strength, dominating positions of power, the hunter-gatherer, the idea that strong and silent is alluring/attractive, the “show no weakness” bravado of heroes in our media. While wanting to feel, and feeling, strong and in control are not inherently negative things, some research suggests that a reliance on these traditional ideas as what it means to be “a man” may negatively impact men’s mental health.
However, it is great to know that the tide is turning for men. The Royal brothers, Prince William and Harry talking openly about their own mental health challenges gave the nation an incredible lift. One by one, more of these revered men are coming forward and openly addressing mental health; footballers, politicians, actors, anyone can talk about it. These men are not weak or failing by speaking out, in fact, they are the brave ones. They are “manning up!”
Unfortunately, that expression is often used in the wrong way. The concept that mental health can be conquered by simply acting more “like a man” is misguided.
So, what can you do about it?
There has never been a better time to seek help. We live in a time where there is much help available (some organisations listed below) and if you are suffering from poor mental health it will take great courage to take that first step towards – help with your mental health and wellbeing.
We now know men will seek and access help when they feel that the help being offered meets their preferences, and is easily accessed, meaningful, and engaging.
So here’s to a healthier and happier future for men.
Organisations that can help:
To access any local help and support networks or you can book in for a private consultation here at Core Medical Clinics in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.