Men's Mental Health Month
November is Men’s Mental Health Month – it is an opportunity to open the discussion around men’s mental health and reduce barriers and increase accessibility in the mental health arena, particularly when talking about ex-servicemen.
Many male veterans are still not aware of some of the most common indicators that they may be experiencing mental health problems and it can be particularly difficult to talk about feelings, especially if you don’t know you are experiencing these.
It is important that we acknowledge the difficulty some men experience in accessing support and treatment for mental health issues and we need to adapt accordingly, especially when communicating and aiming to create the conditions that encourage and nurture deeper conversations. Compared to the general population, ex-servicemen are less likely to seek treatment for mental health conditions.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, in 2018, 5,000 men took their own life. Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. The good news about men’s mental health is that most common mental health issues can be successfully treated and there is lots of great information out there that can help. For example, having a good support network is a vital tool in maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. Many men find it easier to bond and talk when engaging in another activity which allows for an ‘escape route’ if things get too intense or challenging, fostering feelings of control and camaraderie, that are familiar and empowering.
If you are struggling with your mental health or just need to talk to someone, help and support is available through WWTW via our mental health, Head Start. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we also have a range of resources to support your mental health and self-care on our website.