Around 1 in 8 UK males suffer from a common psychological condition. In addition, 3 out 4 suicides occur by men. Why are so few men willing to sacrifice their work hours for mental health problems such as depression and low mood?

Stigma still exists for some mental health issues, but it is more prevalent for men’s mental illnesses. Males in many cultures are expected to play a traditionally masculine function, so admitting they need help might be seen as weakness. When they are struggling with their mental health, men are more likely turn to substance abuse than to seek help.

Talking about mental illness is one of best ways to lower the stigma for men. More male celebrities have been sharing their stories about mental health over the past few decades to help others see that it is okay to talk to someone and get help.

Men should be role models for mental health

Dwayne – “The Rock Johnson.”

It doesn’t matter who you might be or what you do for your living, depression does not discriminate.

Steven Gerrard

“I think the key to it is not keeping it in, and never thinking that it’s the right decision to keep it out.”

Ryan Reynolds

“I tend to get very depressed and I have some problems with anxiety and such like”

Freddie Flintoff

“The hardest part for me was talking”

Michael Phelps

“I can recall sitting in my room for about four or five days and not wanting anything to do with me, not talking to anybody.”

Olly Murs

“Under the surface of it all, I was just worrying what was going to occur and I was actually depressed.”

What support can you get for men’s mental health and well-being?

Our belief is that early intervention is the key to any mental illness. Before your mental health starts to decline, it is important that you seek support immediately.

Research has shown that online support is more popular with men than those that are anonymous and available at any hour. Our recommendations therefore focus on the support that meets these conditions.

Support groups & forums

There are many places that offer events to allow men to talk openly about their mental health. You can attend to receive advice, share personal experiences, and support other men. Or, you can simply turn off your microphone and join in the conversation to hear what is being said and feel that you are not alone.

Mental health apps

Shawmind has partnered with Flourishzone in order to improve the mental wellbeing and health of 1,000 people in the UK by using their AI-powered wellness app. Flourishzone offers you a private, secure world in which to develop any skills you want, including resilience as well as practical mental health skills.
Support lines

CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably), provides a 24/7 helpline and webchat. CALM provides support for men who are suicidal or need to talk. They are very clear in their statement that “Being quiet is not being strong.”

4 tips for men on mental health

Men should take care of their mental wellbeing as much as women, but it can seem overwhelming. Here are some suggestions to take care of your mental wellbeing.

Get enough exercise. Even a brief walk can dramatically improve your mental wellbeing.
Talk to loved ones and friends often to maintain human contact.
Do not neglect yourself, regardless of whether you have a job or family to take care.
You must eat and drink well. Your physical health can have a significant impact on your mental health.

Mental health should not be considered a weakness. It can also become more serious if it isn’t treated quickly.