Men's Mental Health
Remember
It is also important to take the necessary steps to maintain physical health, e.g. have regular thorough medical examinations and take medication as prescribed by a doctor.

GENERAL

What is men's mental health?

Men's mental health refers to the psychological well-being of men and includes how different life stages and facets such as work, relationships, physical health and aging affect them.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Why is it important?

Traditionally, much emphasis has been placed on women's emotional well-being and mental health, and in practice there have always been more women visiting psychologists than men. Fortunately, this trend is changing, but it is still necessary to make men aware that it is acceptable and necessary to pay attention to their own mental health and to encourage them to seek help when needed.

DANGER SIGNS

How do I know I have a problem?

If you or a loved one are showing some of these danger signs, it is important to remember that help is available and that most psychological conditions are treatable.

There are numerous signs that may indicate a mental health problem. Here are some warnings that should be considered:

  1. increasing levels of irritation
  2. rage showers
  3. explosiveness
  4. lethargy
  5. lack of energy
  6. increase in the use of alcohol / drugs / narcotics
  7. recurring headaches
  8. sleep disorders
  9. too much sleep
  10. extract yourself from people more than usual
  11. no longer enjoy the things that were previously enjoyed
  12. is more emotional than normal
  13. get persistent nightmares
  14. feels confused
  15. increase in impulsive behavior
  16. start taking risks irresponsibly
  17. appetite increases significantly or decreases
  18. weight loss or weight gain
  19. struggling to concentrate and or remember
  20. libido drastically decreases, or is higher than usual

ADVICE

How do I help my male spouse or loved one? - advice to family members and loved ones

Communication
It is often difficult for people to recognize that something is wrong and that they do not feel emotionally good. It is important for a person to realize that it is okay not to feel “in control” - and that they will not be condemned for it. The understanding and support of loved ones can greatly help someone who is experiencing mental health problems talk about their problems.

Encourage him to ask for help
It is important that he knows that professional help is available and that the need for, and outreach to, help is not seen as a weakness but a wise decision. A good starting point is a complete medical examination to make sure there are no physical reasons for the discomfort or problems. If no physical problems have been identified, the GP can refer the person to a psychologist for further evaluation.

Follow one of the following links for the contact details of a psychologist in your area:

  1. http://www.findhelp.co.za/
  2. http://www.samedicalspecialists.co.za/
  3. http://www.medpages.co.za/sf/index.php?page=homepage
  4. contact Wie is ek?

The psychologist can assess the person and determine whether a referral to a family doctor or psychiatrist (for medication) is needed.

Be patient
It takes a long time to recover from a mental state. Make sure you understand the diagnosis yourself so that you are informed of what to expect. Listening and trying to understand is a great way to support your loved one on his path to healing.

Take a good look at yourself!
Living with someone who has been diagnosed with a mental health problem is not always easy. It is therefore important that you try to fill your emotional “tank” by making time to do the things that you experience as constructive. Also, set the necessary boundaries within the relationship to protect yourself emotionally.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

What can I do to help myself as a man?

Be honest
The first step is always recognition - acknowledge that you have a problem and need help. It is not easy, because you make yourself vulnerable if you make such a recognition. However, there is no other way to take the road to recovery.

Talk to your loved one or friend
If you are so privileged to have a loved one or a good friend, you need to share what you are experiencing and what you need. There is probably not much they can do or say to make you feel better, but in the long run you will need the support. In addition, you can harm the relationship by withdrawing and not sharing your true feelings. Of course, you don't have to talk to everyone about this, only to those closest to you.

Ask for help
Do not hesitate to call for professional help. As discussed above, it is to your own and your loved one's benefit to identify your mental state and deal with it in conjunction with professional medical practitioners.

Be patient and keep going
Mental health problems do not suddenly appear - they develop over time. Therefore, it usually does not clear up overnight. There is also no miracle cure that will produce both immediate and sustainable results. The recovery process takes time and patience and perseverance. However, it is important to continually share your expectations, experiences (frustrations and disappointments) with your treatment team (eg doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist) so that they can help you navigate the path to recovery. Sometimes you have to go through trial and error through an approach that works for you.

A healthy lifestyle is important
Managing mental health problems effectively requires a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This means that time must be devoted to self-care. Regular exercise or physical activities such as walking or jogging, time to relax and a balanced diet are usually suggested. Certain foods (eg caffeine, processed foods, refined sugars) and drugs (such as alcohol and drugs) can aggravate symptoms and should therefore be limited.

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Did you know?
75% of suicide cases in the US occur among men. According to research, urbanization, unemployment and poverty are contributing factors to these frightening statistics. In 2016, there were 5668 cases of suicide in Great Britain, of which 76% were men and 24% were women.
Interesting!
A recent study found that men and women nowadays experience the same amount of work-home conflict, that is, the demands of their family life, as well as that of their work environment, put pressure on them and lead to inner and outer conflict and stress. give.
Read more about this at: ScienceDaily

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EMERGENCY MEASURES

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues, we suggest the following options:
  1. call your GP (if available);
  2. go to your nearest hospital emergency room;
  3. call one of the following emergency numbers: SADAG (the South African Depression and Anxiety Group) 24-hour helpline: 0800 456 789 or suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567; or
  4. contact Wie is ek?