This week we celebrate Men’s Health Week. Raising awareness about the health challenges faced by men, this week also promotes strategies for better physical and mental well-being. This significant event encourages men of all ages to prioritise their health, seek preventive care, and engage in conversations about important health issues.
What is Men’s Health Week?
Men’s Health Week is a dedicated week that spotlights the unique health concerns impacting men. It serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing and managing health issues proactively. Men’s Health Week encourages men to take charge of their well-being, make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices, and seek appropriate medical support when needed.
Men’s Health Week 2023
This years theme is ‘men’s health and the internet’ – which emphasises the impact of technology and social media on mental health.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, approximately 1-in-8 men have a common mental health problem such as anxiety, stress, or depression. When left unattended, these problems can worsen and be detrimental to those affected. For example, in the UK, 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. This underlines the importance of removing the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, helping men reach out, talk about their problems and seek treatment.
It is no secret that a stigma exists regarding men’s mental health, and sadly some men still feel uncomfortable discussing their problems openly. According to recent statistics, 40% of men won’t talk about their mental health with their friends or family, meaning many individuals suffer in silence. While the topic is becoming more prevalent with more awareness campaigns, there is still a need to help men feel comfortable enough to speak out about their mental health.
Identifying The Symptoms
There may not always be clear signs you’re dealing with a serious issue, not just a bad day. If your life satisfaction seems to have taken a knock or feeling like you want to be alone a lot, there could be more going on. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms associated with mental illness:
- Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
- Noticeable changes in mood
- Difficulty sleeping
- Avoiding friends and social activities
- Constant low energy
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Ignoring personal hygiene
Men often feel embarrassed or uncomfortable talking about their mental health. But the bravest thing you can do is tackle the issue before it becomes a bigger problem. You are not alone. Many other people are going through the same emotions and struggling to find the best way to cope.
Let us embrace Men’s Health Week 2023 as a time to raise awareness, foster open conversations, and empower men to take control of their physical and mental well-being. Together, we can make a difference and inspire a healthier future for all.