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Suicide and Men – Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week is 10-16th June 2024 and we are helping to raise awareness. Suicide is the largest cause of death for men under 50. Three times as many men as women die by suicide.

Higher rates of suicide are also found in minority communities, including war veterans, and those with low incomes. Less well-off middle-aged men are particularly likely to die by suicide.

If you feel suicidal, there are helplines you can call, email or contact via web chat to get support.

Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women: only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.

In addition, men are far more likely than women to go missing, sleep rough, become dependent on alcohol and use drugs frequently.

While all this can paint a gloomy picture, Peritus can help with mental health at work to ensure individuals get the care to which they are entitled to. Such as, removing barriers to rehabilitation or arranging referrals for talking therapy. For guidance please call our specialist Health and Wellbeing team on 01484 722 444 or request a call back.

What can I do if I’m worried about my mental health?

If you want some tips on staying well, start by looking at these mental health tips – backed by research. Making simple changes such as talking about your feelings, keeping active and eating well can help you feel better.

If you’re concerned you’re developing a mental health problem, talk to your GP. It can be daunting, but most people find that speaking to their GP and getting help and support can make a big difference in their lives.

If you’re in distress and need immediate help or are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

I’m worried about someone’s mental health. How can I help them?

If you’re concerned about a friend or relative, there are things you can do to help them.

  • Let them know you’re there to listen to them without judgement.
  • Someone who is experiencing mental health problems may find it hard to reach out, so try to keep in touch. A text message or a phone call could make a big difference.
  • Find out about local services such as talking therapy or support groups. See if there are any specifically for men if you think they’d prefer that. Hub of Hope offers local, national, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services.
  • Help them to get help. Reassure them it’s okay to ask for help and that support is out there. You could help them contact their GP or accompany them to their appointment if they want you to
  • Take care of yourself. Looking after someone else can be hard, so make sure you consider your wellbeing too.

Organisations that can help

Contact these organisations if you need support or want to learn more about men’s mental health.


Ref: Mental Health Foundation



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