07 Jun Men’s Health Week 2021
Men’s Health Week 2021 is here, from 14th-21st June. This year’s theme is better mental health in a Covid world.
On average, men have a lower life expectancy than women and one in five men die before the age of 65! The risk of Covid death is also significantly higher in men than women. Yet men are far less likely to discuss their problems or seek help from a health professional.
Why don’t men talk about mental health?
Men are three times more likely to take their own lives in the UK, with suicide being the single biggest killer of men under 45.
Men can face many barriers which make it tough for them to open up about mental health. Fear of stigma and societal expectations can mean men often avoid talking openly about their emotions to family, friends, or in the workplace. They may be worried that it will affect their image of themselves as ‘real men’. Compared to women, men are less likely to admit there is a problem and access support as they see this as a sign of weakness. For these reasons, men may be less able to recognise symptoms of mental health problems and they are often under-diagnosed.
As part of Men’s Health Week, we’re raising awareness of how we can help Men for FREE.
If you are feeling down or stressed, particularly during the pandemic, you may use different ways of coping such as smoking more. That’s where we can help.
Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death. Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases including heart disease, lung cancer, and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Being smoke-free adds years to your life and improves both physical and mental health. We offer a FREE stop smoking service to anyone who lives, works, studies, or has a GP registered in Surrey. As part of our service, we provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Medication and 1-2-1 behaviour change support with a specialist stop smoking advisor.
With our specialist behavioural and medicinal support, you’re in capable hands. In fact, statistically, you’re 3 times more likely to quit using our service!