Sunday, 8 June 2014

Men's Health Week - Focus on Depression

Men's Health Week
9th - 15th June 2014

Health and Well-being is not just about the physical side of life, the mental and emotional health is equally, some say more, important.  This applies to men and women alike.

Unfortunately, men are far less likely to visit a mental health service provider than women, this is why we think it is important to bring this to everyone's attention during Men’s Health Week.

While it is of equal importance between genders women are much more likely to reach out for help when it comes to mental illness.  If fact when compared with men they are twice as likely to seek appropriate help.  There are many possibilities for this, including
  • Stigma surrounding mental health - Feelings of shame or embarrassment
  • Lack of awareness or understanding about mental health issues 
  • Unsure how or where to get support
  • Reluctance about openly discussing their health and feelings

Mental illness comes in all different shapes and affects everyone differently, today we will focus on depression, which has a significant impact on the individual, their family, friends and even the wider community.