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Men’s Mental Health Week: Breaking the Silence

Men’s Mental Health Week: Breaking the Silence

Men’s Mental Health Week: Breaking the Silence

This week is Men’s Mental Health Week. For many men, opening up about their struggles can be challenging due to societal pressures and lingering stigmas. But it's important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

The Stigma Around Men’s Mental Health

Sadly, there’s still a stigma around men speaking up about their mental health. Many men are made to feel like they need to appear strong and unbothered, often keeping their struggles to themselves. This can lead to feelings of isolation and make it even harder to seek help.

Here are some statistics that highlight the challenges men face when it comes to mental health:

Why Speaking Up Does Matters

First and foremost, sharing feelings can help you realise you’re not alone. Many people face similar challenges and can offer support. Acknowledging mental health issues is the first step towards recovery and better overall wellbeing. By speaking up, you can influence and inspire other men to do the same, creating a more supportive and understanding community.

Tips for Improving Mental Health

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some steps that can help:

  1. Talk to Someone: Whether it’s a friend, family member, or professional, reaching out and talking about your feelings is vital and there is absolutely no shame in doing any of this.
  2. Stay Active: Physical activity can improve mood and reduce stress. Find something you enjoy, whether it’s a sport, walking, or working out.
  3. Healthy Habits: Eating well, getting enough sleep, and avoiding excessive alcohol can have a positive impact on your mental health. Keeping a routine can sometimes ground us and give us a positive goal each day.
  4. Take Breaks: Give yourself permission to take breaks and look after your own wellness. Self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity.

This Men’s Mental Health Week let’s work together to break the silence and end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. Remember, it’s okay to not be okay, and seeking help is a powerful step towards healing and being a better us.


If you are suffering with any mental health issues, please find some helpful contacts below:


To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email jo@samaritans.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).


If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10pm every day).

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK

Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (6pm to midnight every day).