The theme of this years International Men’s Day (November 19th) is “Better health for men and boys” focusing on positive role models and raising awareness of men’s health and well-being.
Men's mental health
Mental health problems can affect anyone, but discrimination and stigma can make people apprehensive about opening up about their experiences and seek help.
It is important to encourage each other to speak about how we are feeling – there is no shame in feeling vulnerable, lost, or sad; everyone experiences these emotions.
Tips on taking care of your mental health:
The traditional narrative around masculinity is that boys need to be tough and not show weakness, but being vulnerable is human, and having the courage to admit weakness is a sign of strength of character. So reach out, get talking
Eat Well: Much research shows that a well-rounded and nutrient-rich diet can help our overall mental wellness. It can improve mood, increase energy levels, and help you think clearer.
If you would like professional support with anything you are going through turn2me provides free, confidential online supports for young people and adults in the Republic of Ireland.
- Peer support - A free and safe space where you can find and give support by connecting with other people who have been through similar experiences.
- Group support -Facilitated by a mental health professional, support groups are a safe space to connect with others and share solutions and coping strategies on a variety of mental health topics.
- Counselling - Support for whatever you are going through, this is a safe space to talk with a professional counsellor to help you understand your feelings and work together to develop the tools you need to get through tough times.