Check out Time to Change Wales Campaign for November in their battle to help men with their mental health
Time to Change is urging people to Ask Twice if they suspect a friend, family member, or colleague might be struggling with their mental health. The simple act of asking again, with interest, shows a genuine willingness to talk and listen.
A number of barriers preventing men in particular from opening up to the topic of mental health. Compared to women, men are:
– Less knowledgeable about mental health, with more negative attitudes
– Far less likely to report their own experiences of mental health problems and less likely to discuss mental health problems with a professional
– More likely to say that mental health problems are the result of a ‘lack of self-discipline and willpower’
– Three times more likely to take their own lives than women with suicide being the leading cause of death in men under 45.
And in the case of young people, our research found that whilst awareness of mental health issues is improving, understanding is still poor in the 11-18 age group.
It’s time we asked the question for men’s mental health. It’s time to change Wales. www.timetochangewales.org.uk/TalkingIsALifeline