I am a man and I have anxiety. This does not make me less of a man.
It is okay if you have ever:
- Felt so worried you cancelled plans
- Cried out of fear
- Had a panic attack
- Worried about what people think about you
- Rang in sick to work because of Anxiety.
It is okay to vulnerable. We must speak to break the stigma surrounding mental health in men.
Though there are many people with Anxiety, it can often be men who struggle to reach out for help. Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation revealed Suicide is the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom for 20 - 34 year olds and is considerably higher in men. Three times as many men take their own lives each year. Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 50 in the UK.
We must speak about mental health, particularly with our men. Check in, make sure everybody is alright and knows you care. Sometimes that conversation can really be the difference between life and death.