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There has been a big shift in attitude over the last few years towards mental health.

It is being spoken about more, but at the same time, men still are not seeking treatment for mental health.

Why is this? What can we do to change things? And what is Men’s Health Week?

Mental Health In Men

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In 2020, 3925 men died because of suicide.

This has been a trend since the 1990s, in which men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Alongside the above, it should be noted that suicide is the highest cause of death for men that are under 50.

Statistics also show that 1 in 6 adults in the UK suffer from mental health issues, with 551,000 of them suffering from extreme mental illnesses.

So, even though in the last five years there has been a big shift in attitudes towards mental health, men are still suffering.

Why Are Men Suffering From Mental Health Issues?

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The world can be a difficult place to navigate for men, especially in the last couple of years.

With the pandemic came a wave of people losing their jobs, homes and access to inpatient treatment for health issues.

In addition to the above, millions of people across the world lost their access to hobbies, support circles and places where they were able to feel safe and secure.

Now, more than ever, we need to pay attention to men’s mental health.

Whilst the statistics for male suicides didn’t go up during the pandemic, they didn’t go down either.

The above tells us that things need to change in the way we view men’s mental health.

Men’s Health Week

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The concept of a week for men’s mental health was founded in 1994 and it runs from June 13th – 19th every year.

It’s not coincidental that the last part of the week falls on Father’s Day.

In fact, it was deliberately founded to try and bring more attention to men’s health.

It’s a well-known fact that women live longer than men, but it shouldn’t be the case.

Men’s health week brings a sharp focus on men’s health and what you can do to try and live a longer, happier life.

Mental health is a particularly big focus, given the statistics for male suicide and men’s mental health are shocking.

Why Men Shouldn’t Be Told To Man Up

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In society, it’s expected that men should just “man up” or “suck it up” when it comes to problems.

However, men should feel as though they can confide in people and talk about their issues.

By swallowing problems and not talking about things, it’s much easier for problems to become overwhelming.

When we feel overwhelmed, problems can seem utterly unmanageable and out of control, which is where mental health can play a part.

There’s no such thing as “manning up” – the term has been invented and you shouldn’t feel like you’re less than if you seek help.

Just because you’re a man does not mean you should avoid help.

What Are Some Ways I Can Get Help If I Feel Down?

If you’re a man and you’re struggling with your mental health, there are some things that you can do.

Seek A Professional

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The first is to consider talking to a doctor or professional about it.

In the NHS, treatment for mental health issues is free and your doctor may recommend seeing a counsellor, group therapy or something else that might help.

There is no shame in receiving help and admitting that you’re struggling is the first step.

Many men also suffer from mental health issues, and it’s important to get help before it’s too late.

Don’t become another statistic.

Talk With People You Care About

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It’s important to seek help and talk to those you care about if you are struggling.

Everyone goes through difficulties at some point in their life, and a great deal of people struggle with their mental health.

However, those that live a longer, happier and healthier life will lean on their community or the people around them.

By talking to your friends, your family or other loved ones, you will feel much better.

Oftentimes, we also grow closer to people when we confess that we’re struggling as they may share their own experiences as well.

People will want to listen and help you – so give them a chance.

Don’t Stop The Hobbies

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Whilst it is important to recognize when you need a break and to rest, it’s also important to know when you’ve been staying still too long.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, try and continue to engage with hobbies and things that usually make you feel good.

Of course, there is the possibility that you feel that you do not have many interests and are struggling to find something that connects with you.

If the above is the case, it’s important to pick something from the below three:

  • Moving
  • Eating
  • Creating

Moving your body will release dopamine and other feel-good chemicals.

You can simply go for a walk, take up a sport or -if you’re feeling more adventurous– try something like running, rock climbing or swimming.

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Eating good, nutritious food is also important and if you find that your mental health has been low recently, you may wish to look at what you have been eating.

Cooking can be a satisfying, fun activity and you could even try setting yourself goals with it and try new recipes each week.

Lastly, something that’s creative or stimulates you will also be good for you.

This could be something as simple as gaming, or you could try your hand at writing, gardening or even painting.

There’s no right answer when it comes to hobbies, but if you’ve been struggling with your mental health, you should try something from each of the above.

What Can Men Struggle With?

Man in crisis

Men can struggle with any mental health issue and it’s important to know that there are just as many mental health resources for men as there are for women.

Depression and anxiety are often talked about the most, but the truth is that mental health is far broader than just a couple of issues.

The following are all mental health illnesses:

The above list is not exhaustive, but these are all issues that men can struggle with.

It shouldn’t be embarrassing or upsetting to admit that you need help, and it doesn’t make you less of a man to reach out.

Far too many men die because they didn’t get the right help – due to this, please reach out to someone if you’re struggling.

Addiction And Mental Health In Men

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Addiction can cause mental health issues, and some people may become addicted because of mental health issues.

As such, it’s important to recognize the signs of addiction and if you fear that you’re becoming addicted to a substance, get in touch today.

Some of the signs can include:

63% of people who have started addiction treatment between 2020 – 2021 have mental health issues and 25% of those were not receiving any treatment for it.

It’s shocking that there are so many people that have struggled with both mental health and addiction, but there shouldn’t be any shame in receiving help for either.

How To Help A Friend

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If one of your friends seems to be struggling, the most important thing you can do is be there for them and let them know you’re available to talk.

Mental health is a very complex issue, especially in men, and as such there’s no quick-fix answer.

However, talking about mental health and the statistics is the first step in shifting society’s perspective.

If you’re worried that a friend may also be developing a substance abuse disorder, you can get help here and talk to one of our experts today.

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Boris is our editor-in-chief at Rehab 4 Addiction. Boris is an addiction expert with more than 20 years in the field.  His expertise covers a broad of topics relating to addiction, rehab and recovery. Boris is an addiction therapist and assists in the alcohol detox and rehab process. Boris has been featured on a variety of websites, including the BBC, Verywell Mind and Healthline.