Men’s Health Week 10 - 16 June

Publish Date: 10/06/2013

Men's Health Week and the Men’s Health Forum are challenging men everywhere to talk to someone when they are feeling down and challenging health professionals to help them do it.

In the UK, over 4500 men kill themselves each year and two-thirds of drink-related deaths are male. More men hang themselves than die on the roads.

Men and women experience mental health problems in roughly equal numbers, yet men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for it.

Feeling down is a big taboo for many men gay, bisexual or straight and the consequences can be fatal – the Men’s Health Forum has long highlighted that 3 in 4 suicides are by men and that 73% of people who go missing are men

Suicide is the unspoken killer taking the lives of far too many men. Many men suffer alone or seek solace in drink.

Gay and bisexual men can be affected by all the things that heterosexual men are and lots of different things too. Wee know that for these men, issues such as homophobia, isolation and discrimination can really start to take their toll, along with everything else life can throw at us.

In fact, it’s thought that gay and bisexual people are at significantly higher risk of mental health problems, suicidal thoughts and deliberate self harm than heterosexual people.

So it’s never been more important to get to know your mental health, learn how to take care of it and don’t be afraid to ask for support, no matter what it is you’re going through, you’re not alone. 

If you need to talk to someone call our confidential Helpline on: 0845 3 30 30 30

For more information check out the Mental Health section of our website

If you live in Greater Manchester and would like to be an advocate for other gay and bisexual men and do your bit to help improve health and social care services you can get involved in our LGB Community Leaders programme contact: andrew.gilliver@lgf.org.uk