Men's health & mental health
The 14th- 16th June 2021 is men’s health awareness week. With the past year having a big impact on people’s lives, circumstances, health and mental health the focus of men’s health awareness week is ‘how do we move forward?’
Men’s Health Forum are calling on everyone to choose a different wellbeing activity every day for 5 days, they’re calling it the CAN DO challenge.
Men’s health forum say there’s a disparity between the high number of men who die from suicide and the low number of men who seek treatment for depression, anxiety and mental health issues. With this in mind, we’ve drawn together some resources that you or the men in your life could turn to for support.
Samaritans have a free 24 hour phone line 116 123 where you can call to talk about anything that may be troubling you. They offer a safe space to talk about whatever’s getting to you.Samaritans
The charity Mind have a helpline 0300 123 3393 and also have lots of great resources on their website; from everyday tips to an A-Z of mental health as well as support and legal advice.Mind
Rethink is an information service offering practical help on a range of topics such as the Mental Health Act as well as information on living with mental illness, medication and care available. They have a telephone line and web chat.Rethink
The Mix is a support service for young people and can help with any challenges from mental health to money. They offer support across their online community from their socials, helpline and counselling service.The Mix
Childline is free and private service for anyone under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything. You can call free on 0800 1111 and the call won’t show up on your phone bill. They also have message boards and support online.Childline
Give us a shout
Shout is a free, anonymous text service available 24/7 in the UK. You can start a conversation by texting the word SHOUT to 85258. Since launching in 2019 they’ve had more than half a million conversations with people who are anxious, stressed, depressed and overwelmed. They’re continuing to operate as normal during COVID-19.Shout
We have a blog dedicated to looking after your mental health during COVID-19, including tips if you have to isolate, and we also have a blog for managing post-lockdown anxiety.
Talk to your GP
Always speak to your GP if you’re struggling with your mental health. We have worked with Dr Alex George, to get his tips on talking about men's health if you're wanting to talk to a loved one about his mental health. Our men's health hub is the home of all things men's health of LloydsPharmacy and is the home of advice and services tailored to men.