Men's Health Week
Men's Health Week (14th - 20th June 2021) is a week dedicated to raising awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately. It focuses on getting men to become more aware of health problems they may have or could develop and helping them to gain the courage to do something about it.
Many organisations and individuals are choosing to recognise the importance of this week by following the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag, and wearing Blue this Friday.
Some of the KNW Team pictured here, showing their support to the Men’s Health message by wearing blue to work.
Focus on men's mental health
Whilst the Health Week covers all male health issues, we have decided to focus on men’s mental health. For many men this is a constant struggle, with 77% of men have suffered with anxiety, stress, and/or depression. More alarmingly, suicide is now the largest cause of death for men under 50. This is a topic that we feel needs constantly highlighting.
What can men do to help their mental health?
A mental health crisis where a life is endangered should always be recognised as an emergency, and handled by mental health professionals, but there are plenty of practical things you can do on a daily basis to help support your mental health
A healthy diet provides your body with the vital nutrients essential for both physical and mental health.
Exercise releases endorphins, which increase your sense of wellbeing. Keeping active can aid concentration, improve sleep patterns, and give your mental health a real boost.
If possible, spend time with your friends and family. Face to face interaction is not always possible, so call, chat online, or perhaps drop them a note. Isolation should be avoided - contact is key.
Talking about your feelings with friends and family can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
Watch Alcohol Intake
Alcohol can be used to mask and manage feeling and emotions. It is a depressant and in excess can exasperate mental health issues. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. Drink awareness is so important.
Take time to relax, and take part in activities you enjoy. Whether it's reading in the park, taking up a new hobby, or learning a new skill... all helps improve your mindset.
Accept who you are
Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence, and a positive self-esteem helps you cope if life takes a difficult turn.
Ask for Help
Learn to recognise when you are feeling overwhelmed. Never put off asking for help, whether it be from a friend or family member, a GP, or local service.
Do you need urgent help?
If your mental or emotional state is worsening, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available.