MyMind and Men’s Shed urge men to mind their mental health

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MyMind and the Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) are urging men across the country to talk to someone if they’re worried about their mental health.

The charities launched a partnership today which has grown from a shared mission to improve the mental wellbeing of men across Ireland.

They have come together with one voice to urge men not to weather the storm on their own this winter, but to share their worries and get help if they need it.

Ireland has one of the highest rates of male suicide in the world. Tragically, for every 10 suicides in Ireland, eight of them are men.

All too many men with mental health issues don’t seek help, and there continues to be a reluctance amongst males to talk about their problems as often they did not wish to appear vulnerable in front of their families and friends.

Whether it’s a relationship ending, stress at work, or money worries, many men tend to bottle up their feelings and suffer in silence.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, MyMind CEO and Founder Krystian Fikert said, “We are delighted to be working with the Irish Men’s Shed Association to raise awareness of men’s mental wellbeing and to battle the stigma that men too often face around their mental health.

“We want to get men talking about what’s worrying them – whether they’re feeling depressed, anxious, lonely, or stressed – and to let them know that help is there if they need it.

“Currently, 39% of our clients are men. MyMind hopes to see a greater gender balance by working with organisations like Men’s Sheds which encourage men to connect, reach out and talk to those around them.”

CEO of the Irish Men’s Shed Association Barry Sheridan said, “Our partnership with MyMind has grown from a mutual desire to get men minding their mental health. Most men have learnt from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help.

“Becoming a member of a Community Men’s Shed gives a man a safe and busy environment where he can find many of these things in an atmosphere of friendship. In this environment, men are more likely to reach out to others and to share a problem on their mind.”