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Bedspace Discusses Men's Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

14 06 22

“Anxiety and depression are the most common challenges for men today,” affirms Mary Spillane, Clinical Psychologist and Headspace App’s Mental Health Expert. “Men tend to be less likely to seek professional support than women, which can also lead to challenges around managing their mental health.”

 

In the UK, around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), with men being 3 times more likely to commit suicide.

 

Despite these figures, men are also less likely to seek out psychological help or therapies, with the NHS releasing that only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.

 

In the last few years, mental health has become a more accepted conversation in companies and households. This has seen an increasing number of individuals educating themselves on how best to support their teams, family, and friends going through crisis. For men, there is still a stigma surrounding being open about their well-being and it is essential to create a safe environment where concerns and early signs of mental instability can be freely discussed and support provided.

 

At Bedspace, we are so delighted that several of our male team members have stepped forward to become a Mental Health Champion in the company. This shows just how important mental health means to each and every one of us at #TeamBedspace, not only with those who we support on a daily basis but also with those within our teams.

 

Below you can find a list of mental health services in the UK that can help.

Remember, don’t wait until you are in crisis to seek help.

 

CALM

Telephone: 0800 585858

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) was set up to try to reduce the number of male suicides. It provides online support as well as a telephone helpline available from 5pm to midnight every day.

 

Men's Health Forum

Men’s Health Forum is concerned with physical and mental health. It also has a Beat Stress section specifically for men.

 

Male Voiced

Male Voiced supports men who have eating disorders and tries to break down the stigma around men and eating disorders.

 

Life Signs

Life Signs is a self injury support organisation providing information geared towards men who self-harm.

 

Men's Sheds

Men's Sheds is a growing movement enabling mainly men to find friendship and mutual support through common interests such as carpentry, gardening, car repairs or model making.

 

Mankind

Telephone: 01823 334244

Mankind runs a confidential helpline available to all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner. Their helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

 

Respect - Men's Advice Line

Telephone: 0808 801 0327

Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk

Respect - Men's Advice Line provides a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner, ex-partner or family member. They are available to talk Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

 

OnlyDads

OnlyDads provide UK-wide support to all parents from those in full contact with their children, to those who have little or no contact. There is advice, from an expert panel, ranging from finances and debt, to dating and relationships.

 

Creator: Charday Penn | Credit: Getty Images