Did you know..
- 76% (just over thee out of four suicides) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35.
- Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent.
- Men are less likely to access physiological therapies than women.
- Men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women in the Government’s national well-being survey – with those aged 45 to 59 reporting the lowest levels of life satisfaction.
- 87% of rough sleepers are men.
- 73 % of adults who ‘go missing’ are men.
This is our time to break the stigma, let men talk about their health and mental wellbeing, let’s help and look out for everyone around us.
Mental health is becoming an increasingly prevalent topic and is something that is seen as a difficult, sensitive and uncomfortable subject for many, and understandably so.
The health and wellbeing of our students is a priority for us and therefore plays a key part of our overall commitment to enhancing the lives of our students. We all recognise that encouraging good mental health is a challenge, when often it is not always easy for those who are struggling to share their problems openly.
In the last decade there has been a six-fold increase in the total number of students disclosing a mental health condition to their University. While this is undoubtedly in part an indication of a greater willingness to disclose, it does underline the need for everyone to have a key role in prevention and early intervention, as well as in providing professional support services. Student Wellbeing Services work closely with those who need expert guidance and support for their mental health condition, with a strong focus on resilience and recovery.
Ex Vice President, Dom Harwood, spoke with students about their experiences regarding their mental health at University. The short booklet, It’s Time to Talk about it, has been put together documenting their thoughts.