Men’s Health Week runs every year in the week before Father’s Day.
Men are not just at higher risk from Covid-19, but also they are more likely to suffer from mental health issues in silence; potentially a dangerous combination.
The pandemic is placing extra pressures on people, lockdown measures have been a new experience for everyone, and even the most resilient of us may struggle. Being in isolation with the added stress of juggling home schooling and work, or being on furlough or becoming the main child carer if a partner is a key worker can elevate levels of stress.
The Foundation are supporting our men, dads, brothers, sons, uncles, friends, colleagues. We believe it’s important that our families, employers and businesses understand what might hold men back from seeking help, so they’ll be in a better position to know how to encourage them to access support available to them.
You don’t need to be in crisis or on the verge of one before seeking help from a counsellor.
Support is available you’re not alone
One way to tackle this is to regularly highlight the support available and encouraging the men in our lives to take action, whether it’s to make that appointment to speak to a counsellor or access EAP at work or just to talk to friends and family.
There are many reasons why men are typically a hard to reach group when it comes to mental health.
Reluctance to admit they’re struggling
- Many men don’t feel comfortable admitting to, or discussing, that they are struggling with their mental health, so they then don’t seek support.
- Instead many prefer to try and solve their own problems, rather than seek mental health support when they needed it.
Not wanting to confide in another person
- Men can be reticent to talk to others about their mental health, out of fear of being misunderstood or being a burden on others.
- Suicide is the single most common cause of death in men under 45 in the UK.
Fear of judgement and looking weak
- Men sometimes fear that if they admit to a mental health issue, they’ll be negatively viewed by their employers and overlooked for future opportunities as a result.
- Men are much less likely than women to have a positive view of counselling or therapy, and when they do use these services, it is at the point of crisis.
Not needed support previously
- Some men may not have taken any notice of the availability of such support services in the past if they haven’t needed it.
- Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women. Only 36% of referrals to IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) are men.
Telephone and Online / Video Counselling Appointments
The Counselling Foundation is proud to continue delivering our services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with government guidelines our face to face counselling is temporarily suspended but we are pleased to offer counselling remotely via phone and online, depending on your preference.
If you are further afield, please email the Foundation office