Did you know that men are three times more likely than women to end their own lives and that there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland during 2017 with the highest suicide rate in the UK for men aged 45 to 59 (statistics from Samaritans).
This is why Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter team is encouraging men to seek help. It is important help is sought as early as possible when experiencing common mental health difficulties such as stress, depression and anxiety, so people can learn how to manage these before they reach a “crisis” point.
Zubeida Ali from the Mindsmatter Service 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. This is a concern and we really want to help change that. A large barrier we see to men seeking help is the traditional stigma surrounding men talking about their feelings and mental health.
“Therefore we want to reassure men that it’s not a sign of weakness to tell someone how you’re feeling and to seek support, in fact we know it takes a great deal of courage to take those initial first steps to seek help. We are working hard to make access to talking therapies as easy as possible. So if there are any men out there who are feeling low and would like some support, 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), Counselling, Stress Control workshops. These can be offered in person or over the telephone or in groups. Some of these can also be accessed on-line. All of these are confidential and offered in a non-judgmental environment.
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.