What is beatstress.uk?
The beatstress.uk service offers online support for men of all ages.
Midlife Crisis is the most visited mental health page on the Men’s Health Forum website and we know, through the other searches on our site, that we're all searching for ways to better manage stress. The beatstress.uk service is about tackling the niggling hassles, frustrations and angers we all feel before it becomes something more serious.
Beatstress.uk is free, confidential and anonymous.
When's it open?
The webchat is open on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm with the email service available 24 hours a day offering a 48 hour turnaround.
Who will I be chatting to?
It is staffed by experienced professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds including the NHS and all with expertise in supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing. They really have heard it all before.
From the beatstress.uk page you can also link through to the Men’s Health Forum’s acclaimed content on male mental wellbeing, developed in line with the NHS England Information Standard by and for men in the target group, and also find online signposting.
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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.