This month is the annual Movember movement across the world, an opportunity to raise awareness and tackle the issues of men’s health.

Depression, anxiety, personality disorders and schizophrenia are no more or less difficult based on whether you have a Y chromosome in your DNA. The services that are available do not discriminate based on gender; men are as entitled to help and respect as women.

The next time somebody tells you to “man up”, remember mental health affects us all regardless of gender so do not feel like being a man (or the perception of what it means to be a “man”) is a barrier to finding the path to a healthier, happier you. Read more about this with Mind here.

Evidence shows that Black men are far more likely than others to be diagnosed with severe mental health problems and are also far more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act. However, up until 11 years old, Black boys don’t have poorer mental health than others of their age. Check out Minds policy regarding this here.

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind lots of different mental health support services including male only peer support groups https://www.middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk/

Andy’s man club are a male suicide prevention charity offering free to attend in person and online groups across the county. We want to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. #ITSOKAYTOTALK

Red balloons aim to improve their members mental health through physical activity and talking https://redballoons.org.uk/

Impact is a service for those struggling with depression, stress, anxiety and other mental and emotional issues. https://www.impactonteesside.com/