Work-life balance 'increasingly stressful for fathers' (BBC.co.uk, January 2017)

Nearly half of working fathers would like a less stressful job so they can spend more time caring for their children, a study has found.

About a third would take a pay cut to achieve a better work-life balance, the charity Working Families said.

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Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul (BBC.co.uk, January 2017)

Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the "hidden injustice" of mental illness.

The prime minister will announce extra training for teachers, more online self-checking for those with concerns and a review of services for children and teenagers.

Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services.

Please click here to read the full story.

 

'Middle age health crisis' warning (BBC.co.uk, December 2016)

Middle-aged people in England face a health crisis because of unhealthy lifestyles, experts have warned.

Desk jobs, fast food and the daily grind are taking their toll, says Public Health England.

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Men And Suicide: What They Are Telling Us About The Kind Of Care They Want (Huffington Post, November 2016)

A blog by Joy Hibbins, founder and director of Suicide Crisis, looking at the sort of support men with suicidal feelings want.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Service users invited to ‘Conversation Cafes’ (Bristol Mental Health, October 2016)

People using mental health services across Bristol are invited to an innovative new pilot called 'Conversation Cafes'. The cafes have been developed as a social meet up in Bristol for service users to socialise with one another in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Click here for further information.

 

BMH releases new video (Bristol Mental Health, October 2016)

Bristol Mental Health (BMH) is excited to announce the release of a new video which aims to increase understanding of its services and to highlight the wide selection of services available within the BMH system.

Click here to watch the video.

 

Bipolar is like my body is a shell, like I'm not here (BBC.co.uk, October 2016)

As part of World Mental Health Day, Newsbeat's been hearing how it feels to have a mental health condition.

Will Page, 20, from Brighton, was diagnosed with bipolar type two about a year ago but says it wasn't a surprise.

"The most easy way to describe it is [as] really, really extreme mood swings, to the point of wanting to kill yourself, to having the most insane Kanye-level ego.

"In the lowest point [it's] almost like my body is a shell, like I'm not here.

"Everything is really far away. It's almost like I'm looking through my eyes out of a telescope or something."

"But on a high I'm buzzing, I'm making so much stuff, I don't sleep."

Click here to read the full story.

 

Bristol Wellbeing Therapies Service to launch online CBT (Bristol Mental Health, September 2016)

The Bristol Wellbeing Therapies (BWT) Service is set to offer a free online therapy programme that people can access from anywhere, at any time of the day. From October, the Service will test a pilot of SilverCloud, a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) course that supports individuals with a range of emotional issues.

Click here to read the full story.

 

New podcasts around psychosis released (Bristol Mental Health, August 2016)

BMH and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) have released the final two podcasts in a series around psychosis. Service users and a carer involved with Bristol Mental Health's Early Intervention in Psychosis Service came together to feature in the podcasts.

In the first podcast the group talk about the many forms of stigma that can exist around psychosis, and in the second they discuss what aided their mental health recovery and how they would support someone with psychosis.

To view the podcasts please click the following links:

Stigma and psychosis
Psychosis: How employers can help

 

Why men don't talk about mental health (Men's Health Forum, August 2016)

Men are constantly being told to talk about their problems – including by the Men's Health Forum. But new research suggests one reason why we don't do so at work. It's down to money.

The gender pay gap – the amount men earn compared to women – is vast at 19.2%. Not fair, is it? Indeed, you won’t find many people trying to justify this disgraceful state of affairs in the second decade of the twenty-first century. But did you know there are groups who do far, far worse than women do?

New research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission shows a male mental-health pay gap as wide as the Grand Canyon. Men living with depression or anxiety earn 26% less than men who don’t experience these conditions. For men who experience panic attacks, the gap is an incredible 42%.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Early warning signs of psychosis podcast (Bristol Mental Health, August 2016)

Services users and a carer involved with BMH's EI Service have come together to feature in a podcast. In the audio they discuss psychosis and the early warning signs that people may display as part of the condition. You can now listen to part one and part two of the podcast.

 

Distressing sexual problems 'for tenth of young UK men' (BBC.co.uk, August 2016)

At least one in 10 of UK 16-21 year-olds questioned in a survey admits to having a "distressing sexual problem" in the past year.

Researchers analysed data from 1,875 sexually active and 517 sexually inactive people aged 16 to 21.

The findings have been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Climaxing, erectile dysfunction and lack of interest in sex are some of the main issues for which people are seeking professional help.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Freedom of Mind Festival (July 2016)

We all have mental health, yet often we ignore it unless we start to struggle. Emotional difficulties can affect anyone at any time in their life, and we believe that everyone should have the tools to help themselves and others improve their emotional wellbeing, whatever the state of their mental health.

Freedom of Mind Festival is a two week series of events taking place across Bristol from 30th September - 10th October. These events will encourage conversation, offer practical tools and influence change, to make Bristol a happier, healthier city.

To find out more click here.

 

Beat Stress video on YouTube (June 2016)

The Men's Health Forum have released a video on YouTube providing advice on how to beat stress. Click here to watch it.

 

Family captures the reality of dementia on camera (BBC.co.uk, June 2016)

Fifty-five-year-old Chris Roberts from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire in north Wales has been living with dementia for five years. For the past 18 months, Chris, his wife Jayne and daughter Kate have recorded their lives using video diaries and CCTV to show how the family has come to terms with Chris's Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Click here to view their film.

 

Men's Health Week 2016: Toolbox Talks (May 2016)

Toolbox Talks are a new product from the Men's Health Forum that aim to put the health back into health and safety.

Toolbox Talks are an easy way to get over key health messages in a short accessible manner. Originally developed for employers and team leaders, anyone can use them with any group of men to provide a fun and informative event lasting 15-50 minutes that will help all participants live and work more healthily.

You can download the Beat Stress Toolbox Talk here.

 

We Need To Talk About Men (Rife, April 2016)

Nat Jester dissects masculinity and tries to get us talking about the problems men face today.

Click here to read the article.

 

Second Step Introduction to Recovery (February 2016)

 

“I’ve learnt to deal with it” - 40% of men won’t talk to anyone about their mental health (November 2015)

Following International Men’s Day the Priory Group commissioned a survey of 1,000 men to uncover men’s attitudes towards their own mental health and found some surprising results. Here’s some of the key survey findings:

● 77% of men polled have suffered with anxiety/stress/depression
● The biggest pressures in men’s life are work (32%), finance (31%) and health (23%)
● Majority of men claim their mental health is having a negative impact on their work performance, parenting ability and relationships in particular
● 40% of men polled said it would take thoughts of suicide or self-harm to compel them to seek professional help

To view the full results of the survey, please click here.

 

Male suicide now a national public health emergency, MPs warned (Daily Telegraph, November 2015)

Rising suicide rates among men should be treated as a national public health issue on a par with smoking, obesity or pollution, a coalition of charity chiefs and experts has insisted.

A "crisis of masculinity" in which many men fail to seek help even when catastrophic events hit their lives is leading to tragic consequences for thousands of families, they said.

Leading figures in a string of charities including the Samaritans and Rethink Mental Illness have written to a committee of MPs adding their voices to calls for the Commons to make time to debate the issue.

It follows research published last week by the charity "Calm" (Campaign Against Living Miserably) showing that more four in 10 men have thought about taking their own lives at some point.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Drop-in Mindfulness and Compassion Sessions for Members of Changes (October 2015)

An opportunity for Changes members to come and learn Mindfulness and Compassion skills and practices which are beneficial for people with depression and anxiety or who are just experiencing the stresses of modern life. The sessions are open to all, whether you have any experience of mindfulness or not. Mindfulness is about bringing our awareness to what is in the moment - without judgment. Participants will learn mindfulness practices such as breathing meditation, body awareness and gentle mindful movement. They will also learn how to develop a more compassionate and loving relationship with themselves.

The seesions will be held on Mondays from 7.30pm-9pm starting on 19th October at the Natural Health Clinic on Cotham Hill. For further information contact Vicki Thomas at vickithomas@blueyonder.co.uk or call 07985 075295.

 

Bristol Sanctuary Open Days (October 2015)

The Sanctuary is an out of hours service for people in emotional distress. They are holding an open afternoon on Saturday 10th October from 2pm-4pm for those who have used the service or who think they might and want to find out more. There will be a free barbecue and entertainments.

There will also be an open morning on Tuesday 13th October from 9am-10.30am where people can find out more their first six months and about the services they offer. This will include coffee and croissants.

Please RSVP to awp.bmhsanctuary@nhs.net by 5pm on Friday 9th October if you would like to attend.

 

Second Step 'Discovering Good Mental Health' Education Course (October 2015)

Do you have difficulty with your mental health? Would you like to explore ways to manage your mental health?

What will I learn?
● Recovery tools and self management resources & goal setting
● Wellness Recovery Action Plan / 5 ways to wellbeing
● Life Mapping - Exploring your experiences and journey
● Good communication skills

Courses run in Nov-Dec 2015 and Mar-Jun 2016. For further information visit www.second-step.co.uk or contact Kate Thomas or Nina Simmonds on 01179096630.

 

Global Health and Wellbeing survey 2015 (Bristol Mental Health, September 2015)

A survey on the health and wellbeing of Australia and the world.

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (Young and Well CRC) and the Brain & Mind Centre (The University of Sydney) are conducting a pioneering global survey on health and wellbeing commissioned by the Movember Foundation.

The aim of the survey is to reach 10,000 people and considerably improve global understanding of health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on men’s health. It will be used to inform policy, research and education programs within the health and mental health sectors across each participating country and the world.

If you are above 16 years of age and live in the United Kingdom, please think about taking part in this pioneering survey by visiting: http://www.globalhwsurvey.com.

Help us change the way the world thinks about health and wellbeing!


More male rape victims seek help in Bristol and Somerset (BBC.co.uk, August 2015)

A support centre for victims of sexual assault says the number of men reporting rape has risen significantly.

The Bridge, which works with Avon and Somerset Police, helps 1,000 people a year. The number of reports rose from 20 in 2011 to 100 in 2015, so far.

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Men still the majority of avoidable deaths (Men's Health Forum, May 2015)

Latest statistics from the ONS show men still make up the majority of avoidable deaths in England and Wales.

Official estimates are that at least 60% of all potentially avoidable deaths in each year between 2001 and 2013 were amongst men.

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What kills men? (Men's Health Forum, April 2015)

In a new blog, Professor Alan White writes that due to common misconceptions, the biggest killers in men have less attention given to them.

Alan says that the actual biggest killers in men are lung cancer and heart attacks, with suicide claiming many male lives as well, and not land transport accidents or testicular cancer.

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Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves? (BBC.co.uk, April 2015)

Suicide claims a worrying number of lives, with men much more at risk than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.

Forty-four is a fairly unremarkable age to reach for most, but for me, it was a birthday that always had special significance. It was the age my father took his own life 25 years ago, for reasons I'm still unclear about.

As a result, I have always been sensitive to stories about suicide in the news and have noted how often it seemed to be men I was reading about.

What I didn't realise until recently was that suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50. A hundred men die a week. It is more prevalent than at any time in the last 14 years and men are four times more likely to end their own lives than women.

I wanted to find out why. What is it about being a man that makes you more susceptible and what, if anything, can be done about it?

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Gender deficit in local health (Men's Health Forum, March 2015)

A new report by the Men’s Health Forum shows how JSNAs are failing men (and women).

The Men’s Health Forum analysed all 147 available Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs), the key document local authorities rely on to understand the health of men and women in their area.

The report shows that just 18% of JSNAs adequately used data broken down by gender. Key health indicators such as lifestyle and disease prevalence and mortality are infrequently recorded by gender.

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Office workers 'too sedentary' (BBC.co.uk, March 2015)

Office workers need to get off their backsides and move around more, according to a new campaign.

On Your Feet Britain says sitting for long periods at work is linked to a host of health problems, which are not undone by working out in the gym.

It is calling on people to stand regularly, walk around more and embrace ideas such as standing meetings or standing desks.

Experts described inactivity as "one of the biggest" challenges in health.

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