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EMOTION CLOUD

Thoughts or behaviours that interfere with work, family, or social life are a strong indicator that a mental health issue has triggered.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Poor mental health is seen in substance abuse and not eating well. Scotland’s drink and drug problem is simply petrol to men’s Mental Health.
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REACHING OUT

It is never too late to seek treatment. The hardest step is realising there is a problem. From there, the cloud will clear.
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Lewis Capaldi

“I’ve dealt with it, I get it and it’s much better. I’d heard of anxiety but I thought, it can’t make you feel that bad.”

Mental Health

Of course, Mental Health affects both men and women. However, the challenges surrounding Mental Health are different between the sexes. For example, the prevalence of Mental Health in men is actually much lower than in women, but the consequences of Mental Health in men are different. Men with Mental Health illnesses are less likely to come forward for treatment and are considerably more likely to die by suicide than women (3 to 1).

Thoughts or behaviours that interfere with work, family, or social life are not typical. Very rarely is a crisis not noticed by loved ones. Men must not feel helpless because help is there. We can stabilise Mental Health, and the earlier treatment begins, the better for all. Treatment, including cognitive and medical therapies, can help, but we need to know a man needs help.

In Scotland, men do not need to be anxious about coming forward with Mental Health issues. Yet they are, and while men feel this way, we need to do more. It is evident we haven’t got this quite right yet. You may be thinking this mirrors only a few years previous where men would not talk about Prostate problems, for example, and come forward too late, and you would be right. Attitudes have changed towards Male Health. We have been part of this change, and are proud of that, so let’s make another change for Mental Health.

We need to ask, to move forward, why do men find it difficult to open up about their Mental Health? The burden of masculinity. Precisely the same as with Prostate disease in the past. So our goal is to get to a Scotland in which men feel comfortable coming forward with any health concern. Early intervention saves lives and money; it costs less to initiate early treatment – every time.

Mental Health is one of the biggest challenges facing public health in Scotland.

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Finding a good listener is significant and can help with encouragement to make an appointment with a GP. If someone is feeling worried about discussing their Mental Health, be patient and reassuring. Sometimes the behavioural signs of Mental Health issues in men may cause relationship difficulties and substance abuse, so a third party, such as a GP, is the best first step.
Improving
With specific lifestyle changes and coping strategies, everyone can improve their Mental Health. If only we thought of our Mental Health as we do our physical health.

A few tips we have found helpful in our work follow:

  1. Getting regular exercise. Exercise can produce endorphins which benefit and stabilise our moods. A daily walk provides significant benefits to our physical and Mental Health.
  2. Creating structure. Sticking to a daily routine will help make each day feel easier. Less thought will be going into daily tasks, reducing stress and anxiety.
  3. Break down tasks. When big jobs feel unmanageable, breaking tasks down into smaller tasks makes them much more manageable.
  4. Yoga or meditation will soothe the body and mind. These practices reduce stress and support well-being. Shortly we will be providing a guide for men to do this.
  5. Just talking. Sharing feelings with close family and friends can make feelings feel less overwhelming.
  6. Reduce alcohol. Reducing alcohol will improve mood and overall health. The NHS guidelines are balanced. As substance abuse can reinforce poor Mental Health, especially in men, abstinence may be crucial.

Small changes can have a resonating impact on Metal Health, building the wall of good Mental Health back up.

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AFFECTS 25%

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