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.




Risk factors

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

If you feel you or someone you know is at risk

It's important that you say something. Contact your doctor, a mental health professional or a support service.