This year’s theme for Men’s health week is ‘Men’s mental health and Covid-19’. Everybody’s mental health has been challenged by the lockdowns and insecurities of the last year and it’s not over. As we emerge from what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic, questions, concerns and anxieties remain.
Even before the pandemic, men’s mental health was a cause for concern. There is a high number of men who die from suicide and a low number of men who seek treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health difficulties.
Some facts about men’s health are fairly well known:
- On average, men die 3.7 years earlier than women
- Men go to the doctor less than women
- Men are three times more likely to die from suicide than women
Support with your mental wellbeing:
Remember there is always support available and you are never alone. If you know someone struggling or suspect someone may be, there are ways you can support them: nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others