Traditionally men have found it harder to speak openly about their mental health. Some see it as a weakness when actually facing up to mental health issues is a great strength.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to have a negative impact on many people. Concerns about things such as health and finances are increasing, which in turn increase the risk of people developing a mental health condition. It can also make it harder to manage a pre-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 are here to support them, and that resources and help are available should they or anyone they know need it.
We want to continue to encourage men to have a conversation about mental health to break down the stigma and barriers surrounding it. We have many resources available on our website to help people start those conversations and I’d encourage everyone to have a look.
I would like to thank the men who have talked openly about mental health through three blog posts we have shared this week. I hope their words have helped many. I would also like to thank the men who have contributed virtual bricks to our wall of strength on social media. These individuals are standing up for men's mental health and helping others to do the same.
Whilst men's health week is just one week in the year we hope that through our work this week we have shown how important it is to talk all year round and that if you are struggling please talk to someone.
Please remember that at Lancashire Mind we have resources and signposting services available all year round.