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Men's mental health

Details: Written by Eleanor Lodge |

With every three out of four suicides in the UK being by men, the need to talk about men’s mental health is at an all time high.

In recognition of Men's Health, communities around the country are uniting to shed light on men's health conditions. Movements such as Movember are raising awareness and funds to invest in mental health and suicide prevention. While the Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people around the country to wear their green ribbon, a symbol of mental health awareness. Find yours here.

In the UK, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. This pattern remains on a global scale, with male suicide rates significantly higher than that of females in countries around the world.

With our recent skills gap trend report showing a 230% increase in demand for mental health related skills since 2016, the time to educate on this crucial topic is now. At The Skills Network, we are pleased to be offering a range of free training content in mental health for individuals, employers and schools around the country.

How can I help?

There are many ways to support someone struggling with mental health, the NHS website says:

  1. Express concern and say you can help, this opens the conversation
  2. Act as you usually do together, behaving differently can make someone feel isolated
  3. Reassure them, let them know you’re there to listen
  4. Offer your time to listen, ask how, what, where and when
  5. Be patient, you don’t know the full story
  6. If they do not want support just talking and listening without judgement can help
  7. Do not force someone to talk to you or get help, this may lead to them feeling uncomfortable
  8. Look after yourself too, it can be upsetting to hear someone you care about in distress
  9. Offer practical help through little acts of kindness

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Through better knowledge, understanding and communication, we can all do our bit to help those struggling, because no one should feel alone.

If you are struggling with your mental health, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call for free on 116 123 or email

To sign up to free mental health awareness courses or to review the other online courses available click here