A growing issue that is still taboo?
Men’s mental health seems to still be taboo in society. The sad fact is that there is a crisis in men’s mental health.
Here are some statistics for you:
- 9 out of 10 Suicides are men
- 87% of rough sleepers are men
- 12.5% of men have underlying mental health issues
As you can see there is a growing crisis. The current situation in the economy is only going to make thing’s worse.
Everyone has ups and down’s in life and there share of dark periods. What most of us need is to share those times with a support group.
It can be tough for men, we don’t want to appear to be weak and we don’t like to talk about how we feel.
If you are someone going through a difficult time in your life. Hang in there.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve been there myself and it does get better.
Some of the things that have helped me through the hard times are:
- Writing down 3 things I’m grateful for every day. Even in the worst of times, we can find something. One of those can completely change your perspective.
- Stay social. We are social animals we need interaction with our friends and family. Even when we really don’t feel like it that interaction is important. You could also join a group like man up:speak up for social support.
- Talk about your situation. This is both the hardest and bravest thing to do. Talking to others does help. You would be surprised at the number of people who will be there to listen and support you.
If you know someone who may be going through a dark period you can help them by:
- Offering your support
- Being there to talk to
- Letting them know that they can open up in a safe environment without being judged
This is often all the reassurance someone needs to open up.
Men’s mental health is a real issue, every year loved ones are taken away from us and it’s all preventable.
Please let’s lookout for one other and be there when we need help!