Men's Health

Supporting Men's Mental Health

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Mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety, significantly impact males across all age groups. Men experience higher rates of various mental health issues, including elevated suicide rates and substance abuse, yet they often underutilise mental health services.

Globally, males are four times more likely than females to die by suicide, with 75% of suicides in Ireland being male. A common risk factor among those at risk is feeling excluded from mainstream society, leading to feelings of alienation and isolation.

Substance abuse is also prevalent among men, occurring at three times the rate seen in females. Research suggests many men turn to substances during stressful life events such as unemployment or divorce. Challenges in family courts, resulting in reduced custody and visitation rights for Irish fathers, further contribute to feelings of separation and loss, exacerbating isolation and potentially driving substance abuse.

Men are significantly less likely than women to seek mental health services for issues like suicidal thoughts, low mood, anxiety, or substance abuse. Traditional mental health services may not always meet men's preferences, particularly among minority backgrounds, as they often focus on medication or talk therapy. Practical interventions or group activities offering peer support, such as "men's sheds," exemplify alternative approaches. These spaces provide opportunities for activities like wood working and repairs, fostering camaraderie and mutual support among men.

Addressing men's mental health requires viewing it not only as a health issue but also as a social issue, considering factors like unemployment and family disruptions. There is a clear need for expanded options tailored to the unique mental health challenges faced by men.

Remember, it's crucial not to suffer in silence. It's okay to not be okay, and seeking help is encouraged.

For immediate support, contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or The Samaritans on 116 123. In emergencies, dial 112 or 999, or visit your local hospital's emergency services.
 

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