Talking about mental health – Men’s Health Week (June 14 – 21)

The recent lockdowns have had a profound effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing and as we come out of it there are many anxieties and worries. The theme for Men’s Health Week is “How do we move forward?”
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Men’s mental health has been a concern before the pandemic happened due to the high number of men who die from suicide and the low number of men who seek treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges.

During the lockdowns, groups of male-dominated workforces have suffered in terms of loss of jobs and income, with men more likely to be in roles that couldn’t work from home.

This Men’s Health Week, there are two campaigns to help support men to move forward out of the pandemic and to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The first is recognising that today’s Covid world is different and accepting that it’s normal to feel different too. As society opens up, we need to open up too. Let’s all talk about how we feel.

The campaign is urging men to talk about the impact Covid has had on their jobs, families, lives and loved ones and to be open about any anxiety and worries that have arisen as a result.

The second campaign is the CAN DO Challenge, which encourages men to take a positive mental wellbeing action every day for the five days of Men’s Health Week.

The five actions are:

  • Connect - connect with other people (eg. call an old friend you haven't since before lockdown) #connectmonday
  • Active - move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc) #activetuesday
  • Notice - take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour) #noticewednesday
  • Discover - learn something new (eg. read a book you haven't read before) #discoverthursday
  • Offer (or give) - do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group) #offerfriday

You can find out more about Men’s Health Week 2021 on their website: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw

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