Men's mental health is a pressing issue in Australia, with concerning statistics highlighting the extent of the problem. It is crucial to shed light on these facts to raise awareness and encourage necessary action.
According to recent studies, approximately one in eight men in Australia will experience depression during their lifetime, while one in five will experience anxiety. The impact of these mental health conditions can be far-reaching, affecting not only the individual but also their relationships, work performance, and overall well-being.
Tragically, suicide rates among men in Australia are alarmingly high. In 2020, suicide accounted for around three-quarters of all deaths by injury among males. This means that, on average, more than six men take their own lives every day, making it the leading cause of death for males aged 15 to 44.
Men from rural and remote areas experience unique challenges, including limited access to mental health services, social isolation, and stigma surrounding help-seeking behaviors.
These statistics reveal a disturbing reality that cannot be ignored. Men's mental health in Australia demands urgent attention and comprehensive support systems to address the underlying issues and save lives.
By understanding the gravity of the situation and acknowledging the specific challenges faced by men in Australia, we can work towards breaking down barriers, promoting open discussions, and ensuring that appropriate mental health resources are readily available to all men, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Why does the stigma exist?
Stigma is what tells men they’re less valuable if they’re struggling with mental illness. It can come from their own mates, parents, communities or even the media.
Research shows us a handful of leading reasons, many of which we can have a hand in aiding ourselves:
- Men with lower health literacy are likely to have negative views of mental health.- Men without personal experience have more negative views on depression.- Men are more likely to believe people with mental illness are dangerous.- Embarrassment and self-stigmatization prevent men from seeking help.- Younger men tend to face more stigma about depression and suicide.
What happens when mental health isn't taken seriously?
Neglecting mental health, whether your own or that of a loved one, can have serious repercussions. It can lead to worsening mental and physical well-being, strained relationships, diminished self-esteem, workplace challenges, and social isolation. Taking mental health seriously is crucial to prevent such detrimental outcomes.
Signs & symptoms of bad mental health:
- Fatigue- Feelings of guilt - Feelings of worthlessness- Attention and concentration impairment- Insomnia- Reduced interest in activities that bring you pleasure- Social isolation- Changes in appetite- Changes in weight
What to do if you're struggling:
If you're facing challenges with your mental health, it's important to prioritise it and take it seriously. By doing so, you set a precedent for others to acknowledge and support your well-being.
Taking your mental health seriously involves considering various treatment options such as therapy, medication, and making necessary lifestyle changes tailored to your specific needs.
However, it's essential to note that you don't need to rush into taking medication or making drastic alterations to your daily routine just yet. Right now, the most crucial step is reaching out and speaking with mental health professionals who can provide guidance and support during this journey.
If there is one take away from this read, forget the stigma and take action in your own life because there is better times ahead. You don't need a solution, you just need a step in the right direction.
Blokes Advice is a platform where hundreds of thousands of blokes have a space to talk about all things blokey with like-minded individuals. What Blokes Advice offers is a platform with men just like yourself who have gone through the exact same things and they, as individuals, can give you their advice on what worked, what didn’t, or just hear you out.
Sometimes because of overwhelming amounts of posts or Facebook’s rules, you might not get the support you need immediately, so please consider professional services. If you need to talk to someone urgently, here are some people you can contact right now:
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
Emergency Support: If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.
Everyone’s mental health varies during their life, and even on those days where everything seems overwhelming, believe us that you are not alone. Reaching out for support in tough times does not make you weak, crazy, or less of a bloke - and we can guarantee you it is the first step to significantly improving your life.
If you recognise that you could use a hand, take that first step and become a better, happier, and healthier you.
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