November is men’s mental health month. Around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Suicide is the largest cause of death for men under 60.
Expectations in society and traditional gender roles often mean that men are less likely to discuss or seek help for their mental health problems. Men are often expected to be the breadwinners and to be strong, dominant and in control. While these aren’t inherently bad things, they can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up.
There are ways to help if you are worried about someone’s mental health.
· Let them know that you’re there to listen to them without judgement.
· Keep in touch with a text message or phone call – it could make a big difference.
· Reassure them that it’s OK to ask for help and support is out there.
For men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support. Call 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight, 365 days a year).