Beat Stress, Feel Better

Everyman's guide to mental well-being - the stress-busting man manual from the Men's Health Forum

The way we feel between our ears is key to both mental wellbeing and physical health too.

Mental health problems are increasingly common. In the UK, 12 men take their own lives everyday and, after years of falling, the suicide rate has increased as the economy has struggled. Too much stress can:

  • damage your immune system and heart
  • increase your chance of serious health problems
  • reduce your life-expectancy
  • damage your sex life

Beat Stress, Feel Better, from the Men’s Health Forum, tackles the still taboo topic of male mental health without ever once mentioning it. Beat Stress, Feel Better looks at:

  • the causes of stress
  • how it affects us and
  • what we can do about it.

The third edition of the 36 page full colour A5 booklet was written by Jim Pollard, Fabio Zucchelli, Richard Shrubb and Steve Baxter with cartoons by John Byrne, a team that have experienced mental health problems of their own. It is full of simple, practical tips that will make any man feel better. The new third edition is even bigger and better with more useful content.

Men's Health Forum mini manuals: men’s health made easy.

Full contents list
  • Why is stress is stressful
  • What causes stress? 
    Health and mood
    Partners and friends 
    Drink and drugs
    Are you living a lie?
  • What rattles your cage?
    Know your triggers
  • Are you getting angry?
  • Are you addicted?
  • What beats stress?
    Live in the moment 
    Talking treatments 
  • Works for me - case studies of the writers and cartoonist
  • How to help a mate 
  • Who else can help? - comprehensive sources of further information
'It's excellent and very, very welcome'

The Men's Health Forum is a member of the NHS England Information Standard and this new man manual is fully compliant. This means it is fully-referenced, has been peer-reviewed by our team of medics led by Dr John Chisholm, the Men's Health Forum's chair of trustees, and also road-tested with men. You can have confidence that this is a reliable source of quality evidence-based health information.


The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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