Mens Mental Health Month - Movember

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. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/man-up-getting-more-men-in-mental-health/

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. https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/equality-and-human-rights/young-black-men/

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/

Prostate & Testicular Cancer

Prostate Cancer

It’s the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have symptoms.

1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. If you’re over 50, or you’re black, or your dad or brother had it, you’re at even higher risk.

Prostate cancer is not always life-threatening. But when it is, the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured. You can visit https://prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker to check your risk in 30 seconds

Testicular Cancer

Each year in the UK, around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer. It is more common in white men and younger to middle-aged men. Testicular cancer can affect anyone with testicles. This includes men, trans (transgender) women, and anyone assigned male at birth. Testicular cancer is usually curable.

For more information on symptoms and how to check your testicles please visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/testicular-cancer