Let's get tough on mental health problems
The Men's Health Forum has called on government to provide prompter mental health services and address more directly the causes of mental health challenges.
In a series of tweets, the organisation said:
We welcome anything that improves the conversation about mental health and suicide but it needs more than new job titles. It’s time to get tough on mental health problems by providing services when people need them. Currently, as the BMA have shown, waiting times of 6 months to a two years for NHS mental health services are commonplace. This is way too long. We also need to get tough on the causes of mental health problems by addressing the insecurities in society that cause them to develop - insecure housing, insecure employment and, for young people, insecure futures.
To mark World Mental Health Day, the UK government announced new funding – up to £1.8 million – for the Samaritans. The Prime Minister also that health minister Jackie Doyle-Price will become the UK’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention.
The Forum added: 'We warmly welcome as a step in the right direction the government’s support for the Samaritans, which the organisation estimates will fund about 10% of its helpline costs for four years. With current waiting times for NHS services, this excellent organisation, who are all volunteers, are often the only place many people have to go.'
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.