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Understanding Men’s Mental Health: Breaking the Silence


Men's Mental Health Awareness Month
Men's Mental Health Awareness Month

Men’s mental health is a crucial but often overlooked aspect of overall well-being. Societal expectations and traditional gender roles can make it difficult for men to seek help for mental health issues, leading to higher rates of undiagnosed conditions and untreated mental health problems. Stigmas surrounding vulnerability and emotional expression often force men to suppress their feelings, exacerbating issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.


Five Tips to Improve Men’s Mental Health:

  1. Talk About It: Open up to friends, family, or a mental health professional. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can be a powerful first step in managing mental health challenges. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

  2. Stay Active: Regular physical activity is not only beneficial for physical health but also for mental well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress.

  3. Prioritize Sleep: Good sleep hygiene is essential for mental health. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night, and create a calming bedtime routine to help manage stress and anxiety.

  4. Connect with Others: Build and maintain strong social connections. Join a group, club, or community where you can interact with others who share similar interests. Social support can provide a sense of belonging and purpose.

  5. Mind Your Diet: Nutrition plays a significant role in mental health. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can improve your mood and energy levels.

By addressing mental health openly and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, men can significantly improve their well-being and lead more fulfilling lives.


Common Situations That Can Affect Men's Mental Health

  1. Workplace Stress: High demands, long hours, job insecurity, and lack of control or support at work can contribute to anxiety, depression, and burnout.

  2. Financial Pressure: Financial instability, debt, or the pressure to be the primary breadwinner can lead to significant stress and anxiety.

  3. Relationship Issues: Marital problems, divorce, custody battles, or difficulties in maintaining relationships can severely impact mental health.

  4. Health Problems: Chronic illness, injury, or concerns about physical health can lead to depression and anxiety, particularly if they impact daily functioning and independence.

  5. Grief and Loss: The death of a loved one, friend, or colleague can cause profound grief, leading to depression and other mental health issues.

  6. Social Isolation: Lack of social support, loneliness, or difficulty in forming meaningful connections can exacerbate feelings of depression and anxiety.

  7. Substance Abuse: Use of alcohol or drugs to cope with stress can lead to addiction, further worsening mental health.

  8. Life Transitions: Major life changes such as retirement, becoming a parent, or moving to a new city can create stress and adjustment difficulties.

  9. Trauma and Abuse: Experiences of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, either in childhood or adulthood, can have long-lasting effects on mental health.

  10. Societal Expectations: Pressure to conform to traditional notions of masculinity, such as being stoic, self-reliant, and suppressing emotions, can hinder seeking help and exacerbate mental health issues.

  11. Parenting Stress: The responsibilities and pressures of fatherhood, including balancing work and family life, can be overwhelming and impact mental well-being.

  12. Military Service: Veterans may experience PTSD, depression, or anxiety due to combat experiences, adjustment to civilian life, or physical injuries sustained during service.

Understanding and addressing these situations can help in providing better support and resources for men's mental health.



Events supporting Men's Health Month in Abu Dhabi


The Club will be hosting a number of drop-in events throughout the month of June. These are all completely free of charge for members. Non-Members can pay an entrance fee at the gate, once booking in advance.


Saturday 8th June at 8 AM

Join the Club’s Rugby 7s’ Team for a fun training session on the beach for a great way to blow off some steam. Maybe have a bite to eat afterwards.


In the Sports lounge, Gareth Bloomfield; a certified neuropsychologist will be running workshops which will be very beneficial for men and families as a whole.


Friday 28th June | 7 PM (45 mins) – Understanding Men - The science of gender and instinct

A talk is designed to be fun, interactive, with questions and answers as we go through the fundamentals of gender psychology.


Saturday 15th June at 8 AM

Raft Building – if you fancy yourself as a survivor, then this is your chance to hone your skills. Meet on the main beach and get building, chatting and sharing.

 

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is launching a mental health awareness initiative in partnership with SEHA on June 14-15.


They are aiming to educate the public on mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, offering resources and support to those in need.


SEHA and Psychiatry specialists from Reem Neuroscience, including Dr. Nahida Ahmed and Dr. Samer Makhoul, will be available to share their knowledge.

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