Men’s Mental Health
Recently CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) unveiled a series of 84 male sculptures on top of the ITV buildings in London. Each sculpture represents a real man who took his own life. Every single week in the UK, 84 men take their own lives and suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 years in the UK.
At any one time it is believed that one in five women and one in eight men are diagnosed with a common mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
According to the Men’s Health Forum, 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men and 87% of those sleeping rough are men. Looking at the prison system, the forum says men make up 95% of the prison population, with 72% of male prisoners suffering from two or more mental disorders. The organisation Time for Change cites that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year. These statistics highlight the need to encourage everyone, to open up and talk about their concerns.
How can Oasis Talk help?
Talking therapy has been shown to help with many of the key mental health issues experienced by men, including stress, anxiety, addiction and depression. The key is recognising that you need support and seeking help before these problems get on top of you.
Here at Oasis Talk we offer flexible appointments to fit in with people’s work and home lives. We also have a number of male counsellors if you prefer to talk to a man. As well as counselling we offer CBT therapy and courses but above all we will work with you to establish healthier ways of thinking and devise coping mechanisms to allow you to overcome situations which may have held you back in the past.
To find out more about Oasis Talk read Mike’s story here.