‘Anyone, of any age, can be affected by poor mental health. Many men find it difficult to share their problems and try to remain ‘strong and silent’ rather than getting support when it’s needed, despite the detrimental effect this can have. It’s important to be proactive about your mental health, be aware of risk factors and symptoms, and stay connected with your friends and family.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, the most important first step is to talk to someone. Whether it’s your doctor, your family, your friends, or an anonymous person on a support line – advice and effective tools are available.’ Movember UK
During November, I have been posting about men’s mental health on the Counselling Psychology Stavanger Facebook page. November, has become Movember for many, a time to raise money for and awareness of men’s health, focusing on prostate and testicular cancers, physical inactivity and poor mental health.
In 2014 suicide was the single biggest cause of death for men under the age of 45 in the UK. Behind this statistic are the shattered lives of the men who feel that suicide is their only option, and the devastating losses to families and communities. The cultural and personal barriers that may prevent men from seeking help need to be challenged so that asking for help is seen as a sign of strength and courage rather than of weakness or a lack of masculinity.
In light of this, here are some good sources of information and support. Please don’t suffer in silence - ask for help, whether that be from a family member, a friend, your family doctor, or a psychologist, it is the hardest, but strongest and most important step towards feeling better.
Your family doctor should be able to provide you with support and guidance but other organisations are available:
- Arbeidslivstelefonen: For those who want someone to talk to about life's little and big challenges. Telephone 815 44 544
- Church SOS - Twenty-four hour emergency service. Church SOS offers an anonymous and informal discussion. Telephone: 815 33 300
- Mental health helpline. Telephone: 116 123
- National Association for relatives in mental health (LPP)
- Mental Health Norway
- Self Help Norway
In the UK: