Mental Health Awareness – How we can all play our part

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In England 1 in 8 men have a mental health problem.

Yet men are least likely to speak to someone about these issues [1].

Sadly, suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 50 [2].

As a Physiotherapist, I am not an expert on mental health. However, we do work with lots of patients suffering from a mental health problem, so I wanted to share some of the training that we receive on firstly recognising the warning signs in both men and women, and how we can all help.

The warning signs [3]:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Aches, headaches, digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behaviour
  • Thoughts or behaviours that interfere with work, family or social life
  • Unusual thinking or behaviours that concern other people

How can we all help:

If you recognise these signs in a friend or loved one, encourage them to talk. This may not be to you but there are lots of people who are there to listen:

As a Physiotherapist, we are always trying to bridge the gap between mental and physical health.

Physical activity is great for improving your mental health. Read more here- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-benefits-of-exercise/

Keep on moving

Dale

Physiotherapist at The Markland Clinic

Dale Turner

[1] McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016) Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital. Available at: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748/apms-2014-full-rpt.pdf

[2] Public Health England. (2017). Chapter 2: Major causes of death and how they have changed. Health Profile for England 2017. Retrieved from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-profile-for-england/ch…

[3] https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/men-and-mental-health/index.shtml (2019)

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