November is Men’s Health Month in the UK, and is an opportunity for people to discuss health issues that affect men across the country.
According to the Samaritans, men in the UK are three times more likely to commit suicide than women – making it the biggest killer of men under the age of 50.
Although there has been a significant decrease in male suicide in recent years – seeing it at its lowest rate in over 30 years – there is still a lot of work to be done.
Dr Ian Sykes, GP and Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Men often find it difficult to talk about how they’re feeling. Letting stress and mental ill-health build up is destructive and will only make things worse.
“Men’s Health Month is a great opportunity to start a conversation around your mental health. Speaking to your GP, community nurse or even friends and family members about how you’re feeling is a great place to start. By opening up the conversation around your mental health, you will feel more comfortable sharing your feelings and reaching out for help.”
Other things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing include:
- Eating well
- Relaxation techniques including yoga and meditation.
In extreme circumstances, people may experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or feel in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hear voices.
In these cases, you should contact NHS 111 for help.
Visit the NHS website to find out about the services available for anyone struggling with their mental health.