November is Men’s Mental Health Month; a month dedicated to raising awareness of men’s mental health and opening important conversations on a wide range of men’s health issues. Many people may be familiar with Movember; a challenge for men to grow out facial hair for the whole month, to raise and donate money to men’s mental health charities. This year the challenge is to Move in November, something that we at Active Essex can certainly get behind.
The Mental Health Foundation have found that three times as many men, as women, die by suicide and that men aged between 40 to 49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK. Some of the main causes of poor mental health amongst men are financial issues, health concerns and loneliness to name a few. Mental health is very individual, and therefore it is vital to remain aware of the different issues that men have going on. What is also important to remember is that you are not alone in your thoughts and there is always someone there who will listen and offer support.
Active Essex Board member, David Solis shared: “On a personal level one of the things I have learnt in life around wellbeing is that being active helps my mental health. During my weekly training session, I feel the pain, the laughter, the friendship, and the sheer comedy of effort. However, I always feel better for being active. In my professional role I believe that young people should have access to activities and mental health support. Life has many pressures and being able to talk really does help and adding in a fun activity simply keeps life positive!”
Physical activity can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing, as just a few minutes a day can make such a difference. It is also important to connect with others and ensure you have healthy relationships, as they can help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth, as well as give you an opportunity to share positive experiences. Perhaps joining a team sport or activity group could help support this. Pay attention to the present moment and be mindful of your thoughts and feelings, your body, and the world around you.
We have a range of resources below which you can utilise if you are struggling with your own mental health or know of anyone who may need support.
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