Doctors are encouraging men to think about how to manage their stress and wellbeing this Movember.
Suicide was the largest killer of men aged 20-49 years old in the UK in 2018 and suicide prevention remains a key focus for the annual Movember campaign. Suicide is incredibly complex, but the promotion of overall mental health, early intervention and support remains incredibly important.
Local doctors are appealing to men to think about the stress management techniques that work for them and urging them to get familiar with local mental health support services.
Feeling stressed and under pressure is a normal part of everyday life, but becoming overwhelmed by stress can cause mental health problems or make existing problems worse.
Dr Jon Hayes, local GP and Clinical Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), said:
“Stress can’t always be prevented, but there are lots of things you can do to manage it better.
“From identifying your stress triggers and preparing to deal with them properly, to developing healthy habits like prioritising some ‘me’ time and getting enough sleep, our lifestyle choices and coping strategies can make a big difference.
“Although there may be lots of things in your life that you can’t do anything about, taking steps to address the causes of your stress – whether in the workplace, at home or financially – can also help to reduce some of the pressure you are feeling”.
Wednesday 6 November also marks National Stress Awareness Day. The mental health charity Mind has compiled some useful resources for identifying stress and some tips for dealing with it. More information can be found at mind.org.uk/workplace/national-stress-awareness-day/.
The new NHS Every Mind Matters campaign is also encouraging adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. To discover simple steps for a healthier mind and create a personal action plan to deal with stress and anxiety visit everymindmatters.co.uk.
Throughout Movember and beyond, BNSSG CCG is encouraging local men to get familiar with their local mental health services and to seek out their support if stress is affecting your daily life or causing distress.
“We particularly want to highlight Vita Health’s talking therapies service, which has been on offer to all residents of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire since September 2019.
“Vita Health offers a broad range of services to suit a variety of circumstances and to treat common, diagnosable mental health conditions. Anyone can self-refer and set up a confidential phone call with one of their mental health experts. Details of how to self-refer can be found on the CCG website.
“The CCG website also provides a comprehensive list of the NHS mental health services that are available to residents of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire based on their location, as well as the details of charity and third sector organisations that offer support.”
Visit bnssg.nhs.uk/health-advice-and-support/mental-health-and-wellbeing/ to find out more.