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Men’s Health Week 2016

Posted on the 16th June 2016

Did you know that three out of four suicides are by men and it is the biggest cause of death for men under 35? Shocking statistics such as this are why men are being encouraged to seek help as part of Men’s Health Week.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter team is supporting national Men’s Health Week taking place between 13 and 19 June 2016. The theme this year is Stress and the service is encouraging men to contact their local team for help and support. Around 12.5% of men in the UK suffer from one of the common mental health disorders such as stress, depression and anxiety. It is important help is sought as early as possible so people can learn how to manage their mental health to avoid reaching a crisis and ultimately working to reduce the suicide rates in men.

Phil Gooden, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The statistics really speak for themselves; it is a great concern that suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 and we want to help change that. Men are less likely to access talking therapies than women, and a large barrier we see to men seeking help is the traditional stigma surrounding men talking about their feelings and overall mental health. We want to reassure men that it’s not a sign of weakness to tell someone how you’re feeling and seek support, in fact it takes a great deal of balls to take those initial first steps to recovery! Figures such as this should not exist in 2016 and we are working to make access to treatment as easy as possible. If there are any men out there who are feeling low, please contact your local Mindsmatter team either by telephone or through the online self-referral form.”

The Mindsmatter service provides a variety of talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Stress Control Workshops and one to one sessions. The teams also have support groups targeted specifically at men, to offer a confidential, non-judgmental support network for those apprehensive about seeking support.

For more information about Mindsmatter, to contact your local team or to access the online self-referral form, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter. You can find out more about Men’s Health Week by visiting www.menshealthforum.org