During Men's Health Week 2020 (15th-21st June) Lancashire Mind will be highlighting the importance of Lancashire men prioritising, understanding and looking after their mental health and wellbeing.
We believe that everyone should make conversations about their own mental health and wellbeing a strength. So we have launched a #MakeItYourStrength campaign to help this message spread across the county.
In England around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem and, sadly, suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 50, with 3 out of every 4 suicides being male. And so we need to change the stigma when it comes to men talking and sharing their mental health stories and feelings.
The COVID Effect
The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to have a negative impact on many people. Concerns about things such as health, loved ones and finances are playing on people's minds leaving them at more risk of developing a mental health condition or finding it harder to manage an existing mental health condition. This is why this year, more so than ever, we want to stand up for men across Lancashire and show that Lancashire Mind is here to support them and that resources and help is available should they or anyone they know need it.
Lancashire Mind's Men's Health Week
This week we are focusing on:
- sharing our Mental Health Conversations resource - one for the speaker - how best to prepare for what you want to say and another for the listener - how to turn their fears of talking about their mental health into a positive experience.
- our 'Wellbeing Passport'. This is a *FREE* tool for young people and their supporters to help them to share information about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. The Wellbeing Passport and it's user guide has seen a steep rise in downloads by males since it's digital launch earlier this year.
- sharing facts and figures via our social media to spread awareness and the importance of men's mental health
- blogs throughout the week by Lancashire Mind men, both from male colleagues and our volunteers/ fundraisers about their personal and professional experiences of mental health and wellbeing. After all, if we can't talk about mental health, how can we encourage others?
- asking Lancashire men via social media to share a photo of a brick wall so that we can create a montage of images that represents the #MakeItYourStrength campaign
Want to See our Campaign?
Take a look at our social media platforms this week and take part in sharing the message of easier mental health conversations for all.