1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health problem at some time in their life.
510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Mental health: Why it matters
Anyone, of any age, can be affected by poor mental health. Many men find it difficult to share their problems and try to remain ‘strong and silent’ rather than getting support when it’s needed, despite the detrimental effect this can have. It’s important to be proactive about your mental health, be aware of risk factors and symptoms, and stay connected with your friends and family.
How to access support
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, the most important first step is to talk to someone. Whether it’s your doctor, your family, your friends, or an anonymous person on a support line – advice and effective tools are available.
There are a number of factors that have been linked to an increased risk of experiencing poor mental health, including:
- Previous family or personal history of mental health problems
- Drug and alcohol use
- Serious medical illness
- Isolation or loneliness
- Unemployment, homelessness, conflict or other stressful life situation
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