I’m going to start this section of the blog with a post that is aimed at sparking a conversation about mental health. It has been hidden away for far too long. The media puts a stigma on mental health, the public don’t like talking about it and in many ways the medical profession have a problem too. Firstly, they don’t have the same level of resource that is available for physical illnesses. Secondly, they are struggling to get the message across, partly linked to the issues in the media and our own view of the world.
The simple fact is that 84 men take their own life each week in the United Kingdom. It is now the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45 in the country. And this simply has to stop.
It is OK to not be OK.
That’s a simple fact. We just can’t be alright with absolutely everything 100% of the time. It’s not possible. There will be times when we feel down, not able to cope or really stressed with all life has thrown at us. We don’t have to suffer in silence.
A Stiff Upper Lip – Mental Health
An expression from my childhood that sends a shudder up my spine. It wasn’t said to me (not that I can remember) but is a part of British life. As men, we are expected to get on with things. But as human beings, we need to accept that there will be times when we need help, we need someone to talk to.
Never be afraid to ask for help. I know this sounds so obvious, but we as men don’t go to the doctor if we are feeling unwell. We soldier on. Quite often, others are reliant on us. Our children need a solid stable father to help them deal with all the stuff going on in their life. You need to ensure your head is in the right place to provide that support.
So, let’s ask our friends if they are OK. Let’s not be afraid to talk about our feelings. Let’s talk about mental health.