Delivering Male: Effective practice in male mental health
The first ever set of guidelines addressing the mental health needs of men and boys, put together by Mind and the Men’s Health Forum, with the aim of improving mental health care and services for the male population in England (released Jan 2011).
Issues addressed in this report include:
- Men self stigmatise and many are embarrassed to admit to themselves or others that they have a mental health problem.
- This makes it much harder for them to ask for help for example from their GP or friends and family.
- Men often don’t display the traditional symptoms of depression (sleepless nights, crying, feeling low) and are more likely to ‘act out’ (taking drugs, drinking, being aggressive) which means their problems can be overlooked or misdiagnosed.
- The need for ‘male-friendly’ treatments, gender neutral health settings and mental health awareness advertising direct to men.