November is Men’s Mental Health month
Both men and women experience many of the same difficulties, however, some issues on mental health may be particularly relevant for men. Ways in which men and women have been traditionally expected to behave may play some role in mental health. For men, societal beliefs about masculinity and how men “should” behave typically includes that they display what traditionally professed masculine traits like strength, endurance, dominance, and control.
Although feeling, strong and in control are not inherently negative traits, some research suggests that a reliance on these traditional ideals can have a negative impact on men’s mental health. Evidence also suggests that men who feel unable speak openly about emotions may be less able to recognise symptoms of mental health problems in themselves; they are reluctant to disclose or seek support for their mental health.
Some top tips….
- Message a mate to check they are alright – doing something for a mate can make you feel better
- If you are worried about someone in your life who is going through a hard time, talking can be the first step.
- Take up a new hobby – gardening, a new sport, writing….
- Stop and pause, explore mindfulness or meditation
- Breathe in and out slowly for 3 minutes
- Have a chat with someone who will listen (a friend, colleague or family member…) or access help .
With suicide being a leading cause of death for men, it is vital that factors affecting men’s health are looked into and addressed promptly, enabling them to access and benefit from mental health services that meet their needs. We can all reach out and help build resilience for all men, working together for Men’s mental health! For more information on mental health click here .