A few problematic facts…

Suicide

Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men in the UK under the age of 35 – more so than any other medical condition or illness

A troubling fact:

40% of men won’t talk about their own mental health

It gets worse…

77% of men polled have suffered with anxiety/stress/depression 

The biggest pressures in men’s life are work (32%), finance (31%) and health (23%)

The majority of men claim their mental health is having a negative impact on their work performance, parenting ability and relationships in particular

40% of men polled said it would take thoughts of suicide or self-harm to compel them to seek professional help

The reasons men don’t talk about their mental health:

I’ve learnt to deal with it’ (40%) 

I don’t wish to be a burden to anyone’ (36%)

‘I’m too embarrassed’ (29%)

There’s negative stigma around this type of thing’ (20%) •‘I don’t want to admit I need support’ (17%)

‘I don’t want to appear weak’ (16%)

I have no one to talk to’ (14%)

Almost one quarter (22%) of respondents said they would not feel comfortable even speaking to a GP or any other professional; the main reason being that they worry it will waste their GP’s time.

The survey identified that men worry about wasting their GP’s time with these sorts of problems. It does need to be made clear that depression and anxiety are perfectly legitimate reasons to seek medical care; after all, GP’s spend about 30% of their time dealing with psychological issues

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