Introducing Mentalk: Let’s talk about mental health!
Here at grüum we believe that feeling good on the inside is just as important (if not more) than looking good on the outside. Whether it’s your body, or your mind, it’s so important to keep everything in check. We’re very proud to announce that we’ve recently partnered with Mentalk – a new online forum dedicated to helping men deal with and support each other through mental health issues.
Awareness of mental health has increased massively over the years, and rightly so, as 1 in 6 of us in the UK will experience some kind of mental health issue each week. The problem is though, even today, men all over the globe find it difficult to open up due to lingering old-world views on masculinity; especially when it comes to mental health. Men are less likely to seek help from physiological therapies than women; only 36% of referrals IAPT (Increasing Access To Physiological Therapies) are men. What's more worrying though, is that just over 3 out 4 (76%) suicides in the UK are men, with suicide being the biggest cause of death in men under 35.
It's been proven that speaking more openly about our worries and issues has a greatly positive impact on our mental health and well-being, but the fact of the matter is, us guys do tend to struggle when it comes down to actually talking about it. Over a third of men (35%) waited more than 2 years, or have never mentioned a mental health problem to a friend or family member, and 46% have reported feeling embarrassed or ashamed.
If you put your back out, woke up with a serious case of the man-flu, or a killer migraine, most of us wouldn't think twice about letting our bosses know we're not feeling too great, but sadly that isn't always the case when it comes to mental health. 38% of men would be concerned that their employer would think badly of them if they took time off work for a mental health concern – compared to 26% for a physical illness or injury.
So if we're too embarrassed to talk to our friends, family, and doctors, who else can we talk to?
Introducing Mentalk. Created by men, for men, it's a new online network where guys can go and chat openly, finding support from other every day chaps. Mentalk aims to bring down the barriers associated with talking about mental health, connecting one another by sharing questions, answers and opinions in a supportive and welcoming online environment.
After experiencing, first hand, how powerful the impact of mental health can be, two guys set out on a mission to end the stigma around men’s mental health.
"Like any great adventure, we started this forum because we had a passion. We've seen for ourselves how mental health has a huge part to play in the modern world. There’s been more focus in recent years but there's still a lot we can do to help. Especially when it comes to men."
Us Brits (especially men) seem to live by this mantra that we're just supposed to suck it up and get on with it - but come on guys, it's 2017, we all need to accept that it really is ok not to be ok! If you’re a man whose experienced the difficulties of mental health personally and would like to share your story with others, you could be the next Mentalk Fellow. Check out the other fellows at www.mentalk.me/fellowship. Or, if you just want to get involved with the conversations, you can sign up to the forum here - it's totally free, and you can remain anonymous if you'd prefer.
To find out more, check out Mentalk at www.mentalk.me.