Statistics show that men suffer from a range of mental health issues but are far less likely to seek help than women.

Men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues

Data compiled by the Men’s Health Forum in 2014 shows that 12.5% of men have been diagnosed with a mental health issue. Men are just as likely to suffer from mental health problems as women, but research from My Time shows that the male half of the UK are four times less likely than women to seek help from their GP.

78% of suicides are carried out by men.  A recent article on the BBC also showed that it’s the biggest cause of death for men under 50. A total of 100 men commit suicide every week.

Why do men commit suicide?

The BBC article explored Simon Jack’s journey to determine why his father committed suicide. Jack wondered whether his father’s age, between 40 and 50, was a vulnerable time for men. He noted that more men commit suicide in that decade than any other, and wondered whether the unique pressures that come along with being a fortysomething man can cause mental health issues that lead men to suicide.

Jack turned to leading suicide researcher Professor Rory O’Connor for answers. The Glasgow University professor noted that “we think that most people who die by suicide have a mental illness but less than 5% of people with a mental illness take their own lives.” He also asked the Samaritans and they argued that a number of complex factors including mental health issues, financial and emotional problems, the challenges of mid-life etc. can cause men to commit suicide.

How do the Samaritans help prevent suicide?

The Samaritans is a 24 hour suicide prevention service. If somebody thinks they may commit suicide, they can contact the Samaritans and a volunteer will talk them through their issues. Jack’s journey showed how effective the use of talking therapies by the Samaritans can be in preventing suicide.

He spoke to a Manchester-based man called Matt. He was going to commit suicide until he walked past a Samaritans on Oxford Road, Manchester. He figured, “what do I have to lose,” and walked in.  That decision saved his life.

Chrysalis Not For Profit

The Samaritans have helped Matt and many people like him because they listened to him. Talking therapies such as counselling are so effective because they allow people to speak with a trained professional to reach the root of their mental health issues. We need more counsellors. You can receive the skills you need to become a counsellor by taking a range of Chrysalis courses through Chrysalis Not For Profit.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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