Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, with the highest numbers of suicides being in men aged 35-54 years. Such shocking statistics such as this are why men are being encouraged to seek help as part of Men’s Health Week.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter team is supporting national Men’s Health Week (12-18 June 2017). With around one in eight males (13.2%) in the UK experiencing common mental health disorders such as stress, depression and anxiety, it is important help is sought as early as possible so people can learn how to manage their mental health concerns before they reach a “crisis” point or lead to feelings of suicide.
Phil Gooden, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The statistics really speak for themselves – over three quarters of people who take their own lives are men. It is a great concern that suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 45 and we, at the Mindsmatter service, want to help change that. Men are less likely to access talking therapies than women, and a large barrier we see to men seeking help is the traditional stigma surrounding men talking about their feelings and overall mental health.
“We want to reassure men that it’s not a sign of weakness to tell someone how you’re feeling and seek support, in fact it takes a great deal of balls to take those initial first steps to recovery! Figures such as this should not exist in 2016 and we are working to make access to treatment as easy as possible. If there are any men out there who are feeling low, please contact your local Mindsmatter team either by telephone or through the online self-referral form.”
The Mindsmatter service provides a variety of talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Stress Control Workshops, counselling and psycho-education. Therapies can be offered in person, over the telephone, over the web or in groups. Several teams offer support groups targeted specifically at men, which are confidential and non-judgmental support networks for those apprehensive about seeking support.
For more information about Mindsmatter, to contact your local team or to access the online self-referral form, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter. You can find out more about Men’s Health Week by visiting www.menshealthforum.org.uk.