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Minding your mental health this International Men's Day!

Posted on 2020-11-19

Minding your mental health this International Men's Day!

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

According to the Men's Health Forum "just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35. Additionally 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders."
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:

Talk about your feelings: It’s so easy to say and yet often so hard to do but talking to friends or family is the best step you can take to improving how you feel. Opening up can often lead to others empathising and sharing their own life challenges. 

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
Keep Active: Keeping active helps protect both your physical and mental health. Exercise releases a natural anti-depressant in the brain which can boost your mood, concentration, and alertness. It can even help give you a positive outlook on life.

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.
Drink responsibly: Alcohol is a depressant and while we might feel relaxed after a drink, in the long run alcohol has an impact on mental health and can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. It can also make stress harder to deal with.
Keep in touch: Staying in touch with those you care about will help to maintain good mental health. Supportive family and friends can help you deal with the stresses of life and make you feel included and cared for. 
Ask for help: By being truly vulnerable with others we build trust and that is the foundation of connection, which we all need to have good mental health. Asking for help and showing vulnerability with your friends and family is the quickest and most effective way to improve your mental health and to show others that it’s OK to do the same.
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.

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