Mind in Bradford celebrate International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day is a global day to celebrate men – a day to focus on men’s stories, health and wellbeing. To mark the day, we at Mind in Bradford are putting men’s mental health first, by raising awareness around men’s mental health experiences and the support we offer.

In December 2020, Mind revealed new research into men’s mental health. While some progress has been made – men are now almost three times more likely to see a therapist than in 2009 – men feel worried or low more regularly than ten years ago and are consequently twice as likely to feel suicidal.

In England, around one in eight men have a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Nationally, three times as many men as women die by suicide, and the latest figures for Bradford district show that in 2016-2018, over three quarters of suicides were by men.

Yesterday, Thursday 18 November, we were pleased to attend CNet‘s International Men’s Day event to engage in important conversations around men’s physical and mental health and the importance of speaking out and getting help.

But there is still more to be done to support men’s mental health.

At Mind in Bradford, we are here to support everyone in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Mental health problems are not a weakness – we all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and like we maintain physical health we need to look after our mental wellbeing too.

If you need support, get in touch – we are here for you. Our free helpline Guide-Line is open to everyone of every age, 12pm-12am every day of the year, on 08001 884 884. You can also talk to our team via live chat, available 3pm-8pm every day on our website.

When in mental health crisis, anyone of any age should call First Response on 0800 952 1181. If you are aged 16 or over, you may be referred to our non-clinical safe space, the Sanctuary.

For more information on our support, visit our support pages.

Posted on: 19th November 2021

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