Men’s Health Awareness Month: looking out for yourself and others

Men's Health Awareness Month

Why is suicide is the leading killer of men under 45? They are less likely to seek help for their mental health than women.

Although mental ill health affects both sexes, men are far more likely to keep it a secret. This can lead to things spiralling out of control.

It’s why we’re backing Men’s Health Awareness Month which encourages men to talk about their feelings before things get out of control.

Things to look out for in yourself: Sometimes mental health symptoms manifest themselves physically. A racing heartbeat, tightening chest and digestive issues can be sign of emotional problems.

Things to look out for in a friend: Some men who are struggling will hide their emotions and may appear to be angry or aggressive. Others turn to drugs or alcohol to escape their emotional issues. Warning signs can include:

  • Anger, irritability or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable change in mood, energy level or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping to much
  • Lack of concentrating, feeling restless or on edge
  • A need for alcohol or drugs
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Ongoing headaches, digestive issues or pain
  • Unusual thinking or behaviours that concern people

Getting help before things reach crisis point

Anyone needing support with their mental health can contact Live Well Kent (find out how here). We’ll help them figure out what kind of help is available locally and best suited to their needs. 

You can also contact Release the Pressure, a service for men who are struggling with their mental health.

If you are in immediate need of help

If you are in crisis and in immediate need of support, the following organisations may be able to help:

  • Release the Pressure – 0800 107 1060 (free, 24 hour helpline)
  • Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hour helpline)
  • Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care – 0300 2220 123 (East Kent) / 0800 587 6757 (West Kent) / 07860 022 819 (hearing impaired)
  • SANE helpline – 0300 304 7000 (between 6am & 11pm)