Our report - Get it off your chest: Men’s mental health 10 years on - brings together research from 2009 and 2019. It explores how men’s mental health has changed over ten years and the challenges facing men and their mental health today.
While some of the findings show positive increases in men’s help-seeking behaviours and their ability to speak openly about their mental health, there is still much more to be done to ensure that men are receiving the right support and feel able to reach out for help.
The report recommends the UK Government, NHS and employers better support men’s mental health. These are the three key asks:
The NHS should co-produce mental health services with communities, including men, to make sure that effective support is available locally and meets men’s needs.
As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England has pledged that by 2023/24, 900,000 more people will have access to ‘social prescribing’ – a golden opportunity for men to access alternatives to traditional clinical services which support mental health, such as physical exercise, walking groups, gardening groups, or learning activities on prescription.
Men should continue to be a key target audience for suicide prevention action nationally and locally and the Government should set both national and local targets for suicide reduction.
"From childhood boys are told to keep quiet about emotions and that men don’t talk to each other… It became tiring and I became very withdrawn. I felt forced to conform."
- Mark, Mind in Harrow focus group participant