Time to Talk – Men’s Health Week 10 -16 June 2024

June 12, 2024

Men’s Health week aims to encourage men to talk, share their stories and access services, information and treatment that can enable them to live longer, more fulfilling lives.

It is well documented that men often find it difficult to talk about their health. However, this is most prevalent when it comes to discussing mental health, as according to a Men’s Health Forum survey, 46%[1] of men with mental health concerns saying they are ashamed. 34% of men also said that they would be embarrassed to take time off work for a mental health concern, such as anxiety or depression, compared to 13% for a physical injury and that they would struggle to discuss mental health concerns with their employer.

In 2022, males[2] continued to account for three-quarters of suicide deaths, a trend seen since the mid-1990s. Those aged 50 to 54 years had the highest suicide rate, making men’s mental health an important focal point of Men’s Health Week in encouraging men to seek help so that they can live longer, healthier lives.

Looking after your mental health is an essential part of keeping well. At Gloucestershire NHS Talking Therapies, we would encourage you to reach out if you are not feeling yourself. It is reported that over a third of men (35%)[3] waited more than two years or have never disclosed a mental health problem to a friend or family member, so we highlight the importance of seeking support today. You do not need to struggle alone. The sooner you seek support, the sooner you can feel like you again.

Our self-referral service treats common issues like depression, stress, anxiety and phobias using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which focusses on identifying negative thought patterns to promote positive change within a safe and supportive space. 69%[4] of those in the South West who have accessed professional help (like CBT) for an anxiety disorder or depression saw an improvement in their mental health.

To find out more about the service and to make a self-referral, visit www.letstalkglos.nhs.uk or call 0800 073 2200. You do not visit your GP in order to access the support. After referring yourself to the service, you will be invited to an assessment call with a trained clinician who will discuss how you are feeling and the treatment options available to you. Treatments are delivered by trained therapists and will either be provided online, on the phone or in person.

[1] Men’s Health Forum 2016 survey

[2] Suicides in England and Wales – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

[3] YouGov for the Mental Health Foundation (2016)

[4] The research was conducted by Censuswide, among a sample of 2008 Consumers in England

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