Men’s Mental Health
Mitchell Everlyn, BPharm (hons)
As Men we very rarely talk about our health problems, let alone our mental health. We are more known for bottling up our emotions and problems as it is the ‘manly’ or ‘blokey’ thing to do. However, in doing this it creates an overwhelming burden on our own shoulders. On average one in eight males will experience depression throughout their lifetime and one in five anxiety. There is also new statistics that show that men, on average, account for 75% of suicides daily, and the majority of these men don’t have a previous history of a mental health disorder.
So, what does all of this mean for us as a community and how can we change these numbers, especially while exiting a pandemic? It would be unrealistic to say all men should reach out tomorrow and ask for help. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t reach out to our friends, our neighbours and our family to check in on them. The importance of a phone call and how a simple conversation can make someone’s day, especially if that phone call is the only contact, we are having due to self-isolation.
Other simple things that, not just men, but we can all do to aid our mental health, is to eat healthily, exercise where and if we can, and enjoy the sunshine (within reason). There are numerous other factors and conditions that can both positively and negatively impact mental health. Instead of listing them all, it may be more beneficial if you have any individual questions to reach-out to a healthcare member of the community. As a pharmacist, I am more than happy to help you from TerryWhite Chemmart Samford, or if you feel more comfortable talking to your doctor or psychologist, then please do so.