The statistics when it comes to us men and our mental health make really worrying reading.
Men are three times as likely to die from suicide as women.
Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK
Men are far more likely to be sleeping rough, with over 85% of rough sleepers being men.
Men are 3 time more likely to be dependent on drugs or alcohol than women.
Men are much less likely to accept mental health support.
We have a whole section of society who either don’t have the right access to mental health
support or are concerned about using that support.
There are cultural issues involved here I believe, such as the thoughts that men:
“Need to be the protector”
“Need to be strong”
“Can’t be seen to be weak”
As a man myself, I know first-hand that us men don’t talk about our feelings and our mental
health as much as women, and we don’t want to be seen as weak.
Things are changing, and over the last few years there has been a much bigger focus on
talking about mental health issues and trying to support people. This has enabled more
people to talk about their issues.
I still think there is an issue with us men, in that we are still reluctant to show that we need
help and ask for that help.
The Self Empowerment Journey Process that has been used for over 24 years to support
individuals from all walks of life with their mental health, could be key to solving this.
One of the passions for both the founder of the SEJ Process and myself is to support people
with depression and mental health, and therefore I am writing this today.
The SEJ is process that we learn, and we can then use ourselves. So not only is it proven to
be effective, but if an individual is concerned about coming forward and asking for help,
they are empowered through the process to help themselves.
The individual learns the SEJ Process and uses it to identify and dissolve the thoughts and
beliefs that are causing them to feel less than joy.
If you’d like to find out more about the SEJ Process, sign up for our FREE introductory
training at www.thesej.co.uk.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or has depression, we
have a dedication section at www.bedepressionfree.co.uk.
We should not be suffering and should certainly not be suffering in silence.
Live in joy