I have been blown away by the number of men this past year who have come to talk to me about mental illness, predominantly anxiety.
While 2.6% of the population experience depression and 4.7% have anxiety problems, as many as 9.7% suffer mixed depression and anxiety, making it the most prevalent mental health problem in the population as a whole. ~ Mental Health Foundation (UK)
We talk so often about inequality in gender and how women get a rough deal (We do.) but men so often get neglected in this equation. While society is telling me how to wear my face and what clothes horse I should become it still demands men should be (Grrr) men. Wouldn’t you say? Not cool.
Statistically the WHO recognises gender is a critical determinant of mental health and mental illness but more research is needed into the specifics. So, in the interim, we need to continue to breakdown The Stigma.
So, why not start today?
The following video is honest, brave, moving and deserves to be seen and shared. Will You help?
A Few Mental Health Statistics: Men & Women
- Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men (29% compared to 17%).This could be because, when asked, women are more likely to report symptoms of common mental health problems. (Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study Of The Mental Health Of Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics, 2003)
- Depression is more common in women than men. 1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared to 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. It has also been suggested that depression in men may have been under diagnosed because they present to their GP with different symptoms. (National Institute For Clinical Excellence, 2003)
- Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Of people with phobias or OCD, about 60% are female. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
- Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol or drug problem. 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
You are not alone.
First Published 2014/12/31