Men's Health Week 2016: June 13-19: We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it?

Men's Health Week 2016: June 13-19:

We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it?

In a recent Men's Health Forum survey:

•a third (34%) of men surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that they were “constantly feeling stressed or under pressure”

•9% described themselves as severely or extremely stressed

A recent HSE report indicated 191,000 men a year suffer stress, depression or anxiety caused or made worse by work

And if not acknowledged early and managed properly, stress can lead to

•more serious mental health problems

•issues at work

•self-medication with alcohol and drugs

•addictive behaviours

•poor diet

•physical health problems and, in extreme cases..

•.. premature death or suicide.

Men are also less good at getting help for their stress or mental health problems.

•During the first 3 quarters of 2015, men were only 36% of those accessing psychological therapies

•In a 2016 survey of 1,112 employed men conducted by Opinion Leader for the Men’s Health Forum:

o34% would be embarrassed or ashamed to take time off work for a mental health concern such as anxiety or depression compared to 13% for a physical injury.

oGiven a list of 15 symptoms and asked whether they would time off work to address them, men rated anxiety and low mood (depression) at the bottom

The Men’s Health Forum’s key message to men is:

Let's talk. Talk about how you beat stress, talk about what causes it. Talk to your mates, talk to your family.

When it comes to beating stress, other things can help too. Running helps. So does any sort of exercise. So does singing, dancing, laughing, music, painting, writing, volunteering, helping a mate, learning something new, meditating and getting a good night’s sleep.

But one thing helps more than anything. Let's talk.

To support the week, the Men’s Health Forum also has made available:

•A range of free downloadable materials that are being used by employers, charities and public health bodies all over the country to put on their own activities

•A light-hearted guide on How to Survive Euro 2016

•On Wednesday June 15 the Men's Health Forum will be formally launching its Beat Stress Service - a free confidential and anonymous webchat service for men at

•Beat Stress, Feel Better - a short, easy-to-read publication pulling together tried and tested methods for beating stress - available at:

•In conjunction with Movember and Leeds Beckett, a guide to help professionals design more effective services – How to make mental health services work for men

•A summary of the most important facts, and research


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