This week is Men’s Health Week. One in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression and anxiety – but one in four doesn’t feel comfortable raising the alarm by chatting with their GP.
And while men’s mental health is undoubtedly a key part of men’s health, there are a number of other prominent concerns too. For example, in physical health – avoiding serious conditions like cancer or tackling obesity are key issues. MOTs can help us get familiar with our mind and body and we recommend men take the time to complete an MOT today.
In relation to social wellbeing, loneliness can be a key driver of poor mental health. Elsewhere, 4 in 10 working carers identify as men – but nearly half of those describe their health as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’.
Those struggling with their mental wellbeing can also access a range of support through our new website. However, while we continue to battle the stigma around male mental health, some might be more comfortable with anonymous or confidential support. Togetherall provides a platform where you can receive anonymous support, while the NENC ICS Staff Wellbeing Hub provide confidential access to counselling support.
Please take a few minutes this week to consider how you can support men’s mental health – whether it’s in taking an MOT, accessing support, or passing these resources on to loved ones.
We’re always looking for ideas and help boosting our men’s health support at Gateshead, and if you have any ideas or thoughts, we’d love to hear from you. Just click the button below to get in touch.