Why is men's mental health such a big issue?
The health of men in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females. More men die at every stage through the life course, than women at that same stage. More males have accidents, take their own lives and suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than their female counterparts.
Meanwhile, men are less likely to see their G.P. and tend to put off getting any help because they think they're supposed to be able to cope, be tough and invincible, and, if not, to learn how to 'build a bridge and get over it'. These beliefs can mean it is hard for men to acknowledge they have health problems, let alone mental health problems.
In terms of their mental health, men are more likely to recognise and describe the physical symptoms of their issue than women (such as a feeling of tiredness or weight change). It seems to be more acceptable for men to feel and show irritability and anger, than to acknowledge they are feeling low and even sad.
Depression is a serious problem for men, 1 in 8 males experience it at some time in their life. However, when identified, depression, and other mental health issues, are very treatable. Get help now as not only you, but your relationships with your nearest and dearest, will improve.
- 1 in 5 Australians aged 16 to 85 years of age experience some mental health issue in any one year.
- The onset of mental health issues is typically from mid- to late- adolescence. Australian youth (aged 18 to 24 years) have the highest rate if mental illness than any other age group
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged from 25 to 44 years
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged from 15 to 24 years
Useful contact numbers for help and support:
- MensLine - 1300 78 99 78
- Parent Line NSW - 1300 30 1300
- Kids Helpline - www.kidshelpline.com.au / 1300 55 1800
- Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
- The NSW Mental Health Helpline - 1800 011 511