Depression, Addiction and Suicides in Men

Mental health and men

Why don’t men talk about mental health?

Due to the expectations of society and traditional gender roles, men are pressured and therefore less likely to discuss their own emotions or seek help if they are suffering from mental health problems.

It’s important to understand that men can be damaged by stereotypes and expectations.

Men are pressured to be strong, dominant and in control, and while this isn’t always a bad thing, or harmful, it can make it harder for men to open up about their feelings.

Men may also be more likely to turn to more harmful coping methods such as drugs or alcohol as a way of dealing with their struggles.

If you are using drugs or alcohol and it is getting out of hand then you need to seek the right help to get you back on track.

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Depression in men

While there isn’t a different sort of ‘depression’ for men, some symptoms are more common in men, such as being irritable, sudden bursts of anger, risk-taking or aggression. Symptoms of depression.

Suicide rates in men

In 2017, there were nearly 6000 suicides in the UK. 75% of these were men, and for men under 50, this was the main cause of death.

Rates of suicide are higher in minority communities including gay men, war veterans, black and minority ethnic.

Those also struggling with hardships financially, personally or socially are at a higher risk of developing depression, addiction issues and therefore, suicidal thoughts.

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If you are worried about your mental health…

Making simple changes to your life can help you deal with your struggles.

By opening up to friends and family for example is a really good way of sharing your struggles and seeking support.

Here are 10 practical ways of looking after your mental health.

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