'I'm not depressed, I'm feeling down.'
Time To Talk day comes round every year. The idea is to talk about mental health. But if you can't find time to talk (or even the best way to talk), perhaps it's because you can't find the words.
The Men’s Health Forum might be able to help. Our new report Mind Your Language looks at the words men use when they're really talking about their mental health.
- ‘Stressed’ but won't ask for ‘help’?
- Often ‘pissed off’ but never ‘sad’?
- Talks about ‘anger’ but not about ‘feelings’?
Male mental health is in crisis. Men make up just a third of referrals to NHS talking therapy services yet account for three-quarters of suicides. Something doesn’t add up.
How can services be made more relevant to men? Is part of the problem the language they use? How do men really talk about mental health? Mind Your Language: How Men Talk About Mental Health draws on existing data and new research to begin to answer these key questions and take the first step towards identifying good practice.
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.
Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.