Men’s mental health

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Men’s mental health

One social issue that I think isn’t spoken about as much as it should be is men’s mental health. This is mainly down to the stigma attached to men being open about their emotions.

The misconception that men are expected to keep their heads down and not talk or ‘complain’ about issues bothering them is partly why suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. In England alone, 1 in 8 men have mental health problems. However, they may be reluctant to seek help or simply talk to someone about it. But why is it more difficult for men to address their mental health than women? Because of the expectations of how men “should” behave and talking to someone about their mental issues might make them feel less “masculine”. In my opinion, schools should do more to raise awareness for: signs of mental health issues, how to deal with it and who you can speak to about it. Schools should make sure pupils are informed about where they can seek help from someone, they feel comfortable speaking to. Also, young people should know about local organisations that they can go to, for example, Andy’s man club meets in Hull every week.

If mental health is spoken about more freely and more often, then people may feel more comfortable talking to someone about the issues that they face in their day to day life.

Ben – Work experience

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