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Embracing Vulnerability: November - Men's Mental Health Month



November is not just about crisp autumn leaves, cooler weather, and the anticipation of the holiday season. It's also a time to shine a spotlight on an often-overlooked issue—men's mental health. In recent years, November has emerged as Men's Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness, break down stigmas, and support men who may be facing mental health challenges. As someone who has battled anxiety and depression, I am proud to be open about my experiences and to offer support to anyone who may be struggling.


The History and Achievements of Men's Mental Health Month


Men's Mental Health Month has come a long way in a relatively short period. It's a movement that seeks to encourage men to acknowledge their emotional struggles, seek help, and challenge societal expectations of stoicism. This month-long observance has achieved several milestones, including:

  1. Raising Awareness: Men's Mental Health Month has succeeded in bringing the conversation about men's mental health to the forefront. It has encouraged men to recognise the importance of their emotional well-being and to open up about their challenges.

  2. Reducing Stigma: By addressing stigmas around men expressing vulnerability, this initiative has paved the way for a more inclusive, empathetic society. It's increasingly okay for men to admit when they're not feeling their best.

  3. Promoting Resources: This month has also helped highlight available resources and support for men struggling with mental health issues. It encourages individuals to seek help and connect with professionals and communities dedicated to mental health.

My Battle with Anxiety and Depression

Like many, I have faced my own battles with anxiety and depression. The journey was not easy, and I initially struggled with the idea of opening up about my mental health challenges. However, as time passed, I realised that being open about my experiences not only helped me but also could make a difference for others.

I found that sharing my story was liberating. It allowed me to connect with friends, family, and even strangers who had faced similar struggles. It created a safe space for conversations about mental health that were often kept in the shadows.


An Open Door to Support


I want to emphasise that my door is always open to anyone who may need support, a listening ear, or a friendly conversation. I've come to understand that reaching out for help and talking openly about mental health can be a lifeline for those in need.


UK Contact Numbers and Websites


For anyone in the UK who may be seeking help or information regarding men's mental health, I would like to provide some useful contact numbers and websites:

  1. Samaritans: You can call the Samaritans at 116 123. They are available 24/7 to provide emotional support and a listening ear.

  2. Mind: Visit the Mind website (www.mind.org.uk) for a wealth of resources on mental health, including information about various mental health conditions and how to get help.

  3. Calm: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) offers support to men who are struggling with their mental health. Visit their website (www.thecalmzone.net) for more information and resources.


Men's Mental Health Month is a time to acknowledge that it's okay to be vulnerable, to seek help, and to be open about our mental health challenges. My own journey has shown me the power of sharing our stories and supporting one another. Let's continue to break down the barriers, offer our support, and encourage men to embrace their emotional well-being. Together, we can create a more compassionate and understanding society where men's mental health is a priority.


Keep talking men!











Steve Halls

NexxtGen Football

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