Let’s Talk – it’s Men’s Health Week
A local trust is supporting this year’s Men’s Health Week (13 - 19 June) and encouraging men to speak up about stress.
Locally across Cheshire and Merseyside, men account for eight out of every ten suicides, and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) are keen to particularly engage with and positively influence men. CWP provides a number of services that support people experiencing mental health problems, including talking therapies and promote the ethos of uniting men and improving their mental health and well-being.
Additionally, anyone registered with a GP can access free, confidential advice and a range of local services.
Dr Claire Westmoreland, based at Westminster Surgery, Ellesmere Port, says: “Stress can massively affect your health and well-being, and talking to your GP can be the first step in tackling it. We know that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 35. We need to remove any related stigma and encourage people to seek help earlier.
“Looking after our mental health is really important, and there are lots of ways we can take steps ourselves to improve things. Find what works for you, whether it be learning a new skill or by getting involved in volunteering, by taking out some 'me time' to relax, or simply by enjoying a good night's sleep.”
Dr Anushta Sivananthan, CWP consultant psychiatrist and medical director says: “In the UK, there is a suicide attempt every 20 minutes and 70% of people who die by taking their own life are not in touch with mental health professionals.
“With such alarming statistics, we are calling on everybody to make positive mental health a priority. There are lots of simple things that all of us can do. Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can make such a difference. They may feel low or suicidal, thinking no-one cares so small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being asked the question 'are you ok?' could be a life-saving act.”
Need help now? If you need help or if you are worried about someone else, you can find immediate assistance via the following support services:
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
A registered charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.
Tel: 0800 58 58 58 5pm – Midnight
A national registered charity that is available around the clock to help anyone.
Tel: 116 123 24hr (free)