New reports have shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that a mental health charity has recently opened the UK’s first mental health centre for men in Burton upon Trent.
Mens mental health
There’s evidence to suggest that men across the world face serious mental health issues. Figures from the World Health Organisation indicate that 510,000 men die as a result of suicide around the planet every year; one man every minute.
Stephen Buckley, from mental health charity Mind, shed light on the issue to BBC Newsbeat. He noted: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 and, overall, men account for three-quarters of all suicides. Men talk less about their problems than women do, and instead might watch TV, play sport, or drink as a way of coping.”
This was echoed by Alex Eaton of the Eaton Foundation – a men’s mental health charity in Burton upon Trent. Eaton argued: “It’s like society puts on you as a man that you have to be strong. You have to fight through your problems. You can’t be seen to be weak. When you have got mental health problems it’s not that easy. When it seems you haven’t got anybody to talk to… the problem obviously gets worse and worse. Negative things can come from it.”
Mental health centre
This prompted Eaton to establish the UK’s first mental health centre specifically for men in his home town. He was inspired to build the project after battling depression for a year and losing his job following his father’s suicide. Eaton noted that “It hit me really hard. I suffered with depression for about a year and I had to leave my previous employment.
“One night me and my wife were just sitting and chatting and I thought what about if we started our own operation in the town to help people. So we bashed around some ideas and then my wife jumped on the laptop and started making a website and from there it has just taken off.” Now it’s started, Eaton adds that he hopes it will provide men with treatment they need to reduce male suicide rates in the UK.
When people talk about their problems to a trained professional such as a counsellor, as Eaton noted, they can take the first steps towards overcoming mental health conditions. You can support people living with mental health conditions by enrolling on a range of Chrysalis courses offered by Chrysalis Not For Profit, which will give you the skills you need to become a professional counsellor.
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