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International Men’s Day UK 19th November – Let’s Get Talking About Mental Health!

Welcome to International Men’s Day UK.  International Men’s Day (IMD) is celebrated each year on 19th November (this year on a Thursday), world wide in at least 60 countries.  An increasing number of organisations and individuals are now supporting IMD making it more inclusive than ever. It is important to celebrate this day as it helps raise awareness towards making a positive difference to the wellbeing of lives of men and boys; and also raising awareness for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing.

Search and Rescue Service Call-Outs At the Coast

Lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams are called from time to time to help people who may be suffering from a mental health episode at the coast.  According to Mental Health First Aid England men are more likely to take their own lives with 16.8 per 100,000 doing so in 2014 compared to 5.2 women per 100,000.

Men Make Up The Highest Rate of Suicide

The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 were men aged 45 to 59 years, at 23.9 death’s per 100,000.  For comparison in 2014, in Great Britain 1,775 people were killed in road traffic accidents this means that over three times as many people died from suicide in 2014 as road accidents.

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In 2018 4,903 men sadly took their own lives (13 per day) Men make up three in every four suicides*.

Getting More Men Talking About Their Mental Health

Our Team are keen to help support the campaign of getting more men talking about their own mental health, suicide prevention and raising mental health awareness as a whole.  There is a whole host of organisations and charities with excellent innovative campaigns across the UK that are all helping to get more men talking about this serious issue and helping to sign-post them to support networks, self-help initiatives; and or professional help/interventions.  I am sure you will be aware of some of the fabulous work that is being undertaken via social media and the national press.

Barbers Spotting The Signs of Depression

One particular initiative which caught my eye was the excellent ‘Barber Talk’, a bespoke mental health awareness and suicide prevention training programme for barbers. It helps barbers to spot the signs of depression and distress in their clients and then sign-post them to places where they can get help.

More information about the Barber Talk initiative can be found here

It’s Good To Talk 

How often do we actually listen properly to a family member, friend or work colleague speaking.  The next time someone is chatting away why not put down whatever you are doing and actively listen to what they are saying.  It could make all the difference.  We appreciate that due to COVID-19 you can’t meet up with friends and or family as you did previously. Why not go ‘old skool’ and pick up the phone  give them a ring and have a good old fashioned chat.  Zoom and Microsoft Team platforms have also revolutionised family/friends contact during lockdown.

 

“I’ve Got Their Back”

Alternatively, if you haven’t heard from someone in a while why not give them an email, text or whatsapp message to see how they are.  Research shows that blokes always have to have a reason to phone another bloke.  Why not find a reason, like “I’ve got their back, I am going to find out how my mate is just because I care”.

 

In Need of Help?

Whatever you are going through, there is always someone to turn to in the event of a crisis. The old adage ‘A a problem shared is a problem is a problem halved’ is still true today.  You can call the Samaritans 24/7 for free on 116 123 and they are non-judgemental, they won’t pressure you and they are there for anyone who needs help.  Help is also available through your GP and the NHS.  Family and friend(s) networks can also play a vital role in providing help and support when you need to talk.

Thank you for reading this blog and we hope that you found it useful. Please help support International Men’s Day and Mental Health issues by sharing posts via your social media channels where appropriate. Stay safe!

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Other Useful Resources

Samaritans – suicide facts and figures

Samaritans – Self Help

Why not sign-up to our e-newsletter to find out more about our essential drowning prevention work

Mental Health Support in Thanet

NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

HM Coastguard

Mental Health First Aid England

Mind

National Health Service

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

 

Statistics

Verification checked on 18/11/2020 using Samaritans website and Mental Health for England

Supporting World Mental Health Day 10th October 2020

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness either within your own organisation, through relatives or friends of mental health issues.

World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

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That’s why this year our team, want to help bring together people to mark this special day by each doing one thing for better mental health.  Whether it’s going for a lovely walk in a park or at the coast, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support/help for yourself, or checking on someone else that you haven’t heard from in a while; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.

 

Each one of us needs to take care of our mental health and wellbeing whether we have a mental health issue or not.   You may have heard the term banded around ‘Mental Wellbeing’?  What does it mean? It describes how you we/you/are feeling and how well you can cope with daily life. It may change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.  Good mental health doesn’t mean being full of the joys of spring and laughing all of the time, poor mental health can make you feel that you are unable to cope with events that life throws at you.

So, what are exactly are mental health problems?  This video will help explain

Why not check out this fabulous video by Mind the mental health charity on 8 relaxation tips.

What can you do to raise awareness?

Within your own organisation or family you can create learning opportunities to raise the level of understanding about mental health issues, highlighting stigma’s, mental health and increasing wellbeing.

You may like to share social media postings and content using the #WorldMentalHealthDay2020 #itsOkNotTobeOk #DoOneThing . Why not have a cuppa with a colleague, friend or relative and have a good old chat and catch-up. Switch off your phone or smart device so that you are not interrupted, it’s amazing what a nice chat can do.  Why not help share the messages throughout your work place or organisation go to Time to Change resources

Thank you for reading our blog, we hope you have found it useful.  If you need any further support then check out the links below or the help line phone numbers.  Take care and stay safe!

Useful Numbers

Samaritans 116 123

Childline 0800 1111

MIND : 0300-123-3393

CALM: 0800-58-58-58

Useful Links

World Mental Health Day – A time for change

Supporting someone during COVID-19

Samaritans

Mind Coronavirus useful contacts

PTSD999 – support for emergency service colleagues

Combat Stress – mental health support for military veterans

 

Acknowledgements

Mind – mental health charity