Men's Mental Health Week

15th - 21st June is Men's Health Week. Let's take action on Men’s Mental Health. Find out more about our 'Three Out Of Four' Campaign to join in and help take action on Men’s Mental Health.

Three out of four suicides are by men. That's 75%.

Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35, with rates highest in men aged 20-24.

Why are some men so bad at connecting with their emotions and opening up about their mental health? In our society, men tend to be discouraged about being open with their thoughts and feelings. Every guy can relate to being told to "be a man about it" or "take it like a man”.

We believe that owning your mental health and wellbeing, no matter how you feel, is a strength. Talking about how you feel is NOT a weakness. Those who identify as men should feel able to talk about their mental health without judgement. We can all support men, lads and boys to talk more about their mental health every day and spread awareness of the impact of poor mental health. Together we can break down the stigma and encouraging the men in our lives prioritise their mental as well as their physical health.

Run Free Official (a new local mental health and sport podcast) are joining in with our Three Out Of Four' Campaign for Men's Health Week by running a #runfor20 challenge on Instagram. Why not join in?!

Help us spread awareness by getting involved this week, whether that's giving us a share on social media, talking to someone about our campaign and services, or helping us in raising awareness about men’s mental health.

The Facts

  • Three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35, with rates highest in men aged 20-24.

  • 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders.

  • Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women.

  • Men are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs.

  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women. Only 36% of men are referrals.

Compiled by the Men’s Health Forum, June 2016. Update September 2017.

The 7 Key Numbers

  • 150 – Aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.

  • 5 – Aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.

  • 75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men.

  • 37 – A waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

  • 120/80 Normal blood pressure.

  • 10 – Cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers.

Compiled by the Men’s Health Forum.

Let’s continue to raise the profile on men’s health issues, acknowledge and take action that everyone needs support to stay health and function at their best.

Want to try something new this week? Why not try our new 'Breathe For Life' video with Martin from Yoga Dharma for a powerful yet simple method to effectively calm the mind and relax the body.

Men's Health Week is 15th - 21st June 2020.

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