Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month at Bath Mind
Throughout the month of November, Bath Mind will be marking #MensHealthAwarenessMonth by shining a light on the challenges men can face with accessing support for their mental health.
Research from Samaritans UK shows men are often unlikely to disclose their mental health issues to family members or friends, and more likely to use potentially harmful coping methods such as drugs or alcohol in response to distress.
It’s also been found that death by suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 50.
From expectations attached with traditional gender roles, to intersectional barriers around gender, race and class – it’s clear many men are finding it difficult to access support.
Bath Mind are here to ensure support is available for anyone living with mental ill health. Join us this November to show any individual identifying as male that it’s okay to talk about their mental health, and there are services available to support them.
Studies show men can find difficult accessing services due, but not limited to:
- Discrimination where being male intersects with race and sexuality
- Gender stereotypes and societal pressures
- Lack of understanding on what support is available for them
- Anxiety around stigma
Stay tuned this month on our social media channels for more coverage on Men’s Mental Health, where we’ll be covering some of the above, with tips, lived experience blogs, and support resources to share with ourselves and the men in our lives.
If you or someone you know is in need of support with their mental health now, head to our Help Now page: www.bit.ly/BMHelpNow
Our resource list includes local and national services that are inclusive for all, with some services having specific support for those who identify as male.
- Breathing Space from Bath Mind, a B&NES local evening support line for mental health and wellbeing
- Befriending from Bath Mind, supporting adults (16+) needing regular telephone contact if they are feeling lonely or isolated, anxious or have low mood.
- Wellbeing Groups from Bath Mind, ranging from eco-therapy to talking groups.
- CALM, a campaign against suicide with resources and a national helpline
- Men’s Health Forum, an information hub on male health
- Samaritans a confidential free phone line for support in a mental health crisis
Author: Jodie Hoskin
Posted on: 9th November 2020