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Let’s face it, us blokes aren’t very good at addressing health concerns. From our perspective, we need to show we’re tough and can keep going…we don’t let ‘little’ health concerns trouble us, or at least we wouldn’t admit to it.


Nitin Makadia

And it doesn’t help that when we are unwell we must just have ‘man flu’ or that we have a lower pain threshold that stops us being able to get on with things…so, we feel we have to prove ourselves by ‘manning up’.

The serious downside to this is that we don’t often get the help that we need and, on average, live nearly 4 fewer years than women. This needs to change. It needs to change now, because…

  • 76% of suicides, that’s over 3 out of every 4, are by men
  • Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 35
  • Prostate cancer kills 35 men every hour
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40

Today marks the start of Movember, the annual campaign to get more of us talking about men’s health and doing something about it.

The issues that Movember is targeting are:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Suicide

So, through November I shall be talking about these issues…and more. In the meantime, if you have any questions about men’s health, please free to contact me at 


What’s on your mind?

World Mental Health Day in October 10th gives you a chance to think about what’s really going on inside. Too many of us dismiss our own mental state and behaviours of others as just a bad day, feeling a bit down or being in one of their moods again. We need to lift the cover that mental health is hiding under and remove the stigma. 

Joanne Carey

Mental health should be treated with the same respect and understanding as physical conditions. We should be able to talk to each other about how we are feeling and reach out when we think we need support without fear of being ridiculed or worse, ignored!

The good news is the NHS are changing the way they tackle mental health. They have committed to the biggest transformation of the mental health system in a generation and are investing more than one billion pounds by 2021. These changes in the five year forward view have come about following the Mental Health Task force report which highlighted in not too flattering light the failings of the current system. We know that 1 in 4 adults and as many as 1 in 10 children will experience mental illness in any given year, which in turn impacts of those who live with and care for them. The priorities of the NHS to tackle by 2020/21 are:

  • A 7 day NHS – enabling patients to get the right care at the right quality, when they need it. Allowing 24-hour access to mental health crisis care.
  • An integrated mental and physical health approach – no longer treating physical and mental health in isolation but appreciating that one can affect the other and both issue should be tackled.
  • Promoting good mental health and preventing poor mental health– helping people lead better lives as equal citizens and getting into work.

Details of how they aim to achieve this can be read in the report and the expected outcomes make for very positive reading, by 2020/21 we should see a reduced suicide rate of 10%, 30,000 more women accessing perinatal mental health care and 600,000 people with anxiety and depression accessing care each year.

It is easy to sit behind your desk and think that this is a problem for someone else to solve, but this is a problem for all of us. We all have the responsibility to talk about mental health and look outside of ourselves to see if we can help others who are struggling in silence. 

Take World Mental Health Day as your opportunity to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation and get your friends, family or colleagues together to have tea and talk.

Visit and pledge to end mental health stigma.


The five year forward view for mental health – A report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England, February 2016

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