Mens Mental Health
In Ireland, many men struggle with various mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The Irish Independent reported on research published by the European Commission, which revealed Ireland has the third highest level among EU citizens of emotional or psychosocial problems. At the same time, a recent Health Ireland study concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the nation's mental health, with almost 1/3 of those surveyed reporting that their mental health had worsened since the start of the pandemic, with 81% feeling less socially connected.
There are many ways to improve your mental health, such as being active, eating well, sleeping enough, and seeking professional help. Talking about how you feel is the first step to getting the support you need, and there are many services and organisations that can help - find a list here.
Male-specific support organisations in Ireland include:
Men's Aid: a service that empowers and supports men and their families experiencing domestic violence to be safe. They provide a helpline, counselling, court support, advocacy, and education programs.
Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI): promoting the health and wellbeing of men and boys through research, policy, training, and events.
Irish Men's Sheds Association: a network of community spaces for men to socialise, learn new skills, and support each other. They also run the Sheds for Life initiative, which promotes the health and wellbeing of men and boys.
Men's Development Network: a national organisation that works with men to achieve positive change in their lives and society. They run the Men's Development and Men's Health Programmes, the MEND Domestic Violence Intervention Programme, the national Male Advice Line, and a Men's Counselling Service.
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