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Men's Health Week, 10 -16 June, 2024: Encouraging Men to Prioritise Mental Health

Men’s health week, celebrated annually, serves as critical reminder of the importance of addressing men’s health issues, both physical and mental. The week aims to raise awareness about the unique challenges men face regarding their health and encourages men to seek help and support when needed.

Recent statistics show concerning trends in men’s mental health, as two in five men admit to regularly feeling worried or low. The number of men experiencing suicidal thoughts has also doubled since 2009. In today's fast-paced world, men often find themselves working tirelessly, juggling multiple responsibilities. But amidst the hustle and bustle, it's crucial to remember that taking care of your mental wellbeing is just as important as any other task on your to-do list.

It is important to recognise that men’s mental health issues may manifest differently from women’s, often going unrecognised and undiagnosed, thus not receiving appropriate treatment. Men often face barriers when it comes to seeking help for their mental health as traditional masculine values often discourage men from acknowledging their emotional struggles or seeking support. It’s no secret that men often struggle to express their feelings openly, but remember: seeking support is a sign of strength, not a weakness. So, let’s break down the barriers and start talking about mental health.

Just like your car needs regular maintenance, your mind needs a tune-up too. Don't neglect your mental health MOT (Maintenance Of Thriving). Take time for self-care, engage in activities you enjoy, and prioritise your wellbeing.

By breaking down stigmas, encouraging open conversations, and promoting accessible mental health resources, we can work towards improving the mental health outcomes for men across all sectors. This year let’s join together to ensure that every man feels empowered to seek help when needed and that every workplace promotes a culture of wellbeing.

Join us in supporting men’s mental health by visiting Mates in Mind to access valuable resources and guidance.

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