Mental health in men

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. In many instances, they go hand in hand. And though the signs of mental health problems mightn't be as obvious as a sore muscle or aching joints, it helps to know what to look out for and where you can get help. More so when you consider the following statistics:

  • 17% of men, aged 18 and older have reported mental health issues
  • Men are three times more likely to die by suicide
  • 1 in 5 men experience anxiety in their life.

What are the signs to look out for?

Although mental health issues can affect men in different ways, there are some common early signs that we can keep an eye out for:

  • Anger, irritability or aggressiveness
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Worrying more or feeling stressed
  • A need for alcohol or drugs
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behaviour.

What can you do to look after yourself?

Not surprisingly, there’s a connection between mental and physical health. Eating well, avoiding excessive drinking, and keeping physically active are great starting point. Being socially engaged is a great way to share what’s on your mind with those you trust.

Where to get help

With growing awareness around mental health issues in society, men are becoming more comfortable with the idea of seeking help. Talking about it with friends or family is a good starting point, as is talking to your GP who can refer you to more specialised support.

If you feel you, or anyone else you know, needs immediate support, please call beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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As always, it’s important to seek professional help if you’re experiencing difficulties. Your GP is a great place to start, who can then refer you for specialised care if needed. If you need immediate support or advice, please call beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or LifeLine on 13 11 14.