This week is Men’s Health Week, and the focus this year is boosting men’s wellbeing.
According to an a 2014 survey carried out for NHS Digital, around one in eight men in England have a common mental health problem like depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). There are lots of worrying statistics when it comes to men’s mental health…
• 3x as many men as women die by suicide
• Suicide is the leading cause of death for men between 20-49
• Men are nearly 3x as likely as women to become dependent on alcohol
• Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women
If all of these things are true – why do so many men not talk about mental health? In fact, only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men. Outdated, traditional gender roles may play a part in why men are less likely to seek help. Men can be expected to be strong, dominant and in control, which may make it more difficult to reach out. Some research also suggests that men who find it hard to speak openly about their emotions may be less likely to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves, so in turn are less likely to get support.
In order to boost mental wellbeing, Men’s Health Week have challenged people to the ‘CAN DO’ challenge. This challenge incorporates five of our 8Wise™️ elements within five tasks. These five tasks have all been scientifically proven to boost wellbeing.
- CONNECT (Social Wellness)
Connect with others. You can reach out to an old friend, meet up with an old school mate for a coffee.
- BE ACTIVE (Physical Wellness)
Include physical movement in your day, whether that’s a high intensity HIIT class or a brisk walk around your neighbourhood.
- NOTICE YOUR ENVIRONMENT (Environmental Wellness)
Take in the world around you and appreciate nature.
- DISCOVER (Intellectual Wellness)
Learn something new. Try a new hobby or read ten pages of a book.
- OFFER (Spiritual Wellness)
Do something for someone else or your community. Volunteering is a great way to do this.
Incorporating these things into your daily life is essential for your overall wellbeing. You can lean more about our 8 dimensions and how you can protect your mental health in our new book. You can order your copy here: HERE