Real Men Do Cry.
We’re announcing the launch of our Real Men Do Cry campaign, which aims to raise awareness of men's mental health issues. We believe the topic isn't talked about enough - with problems being ignored and many people not getting the help they need and deserve. We want to encourage a more open discussion, so over the next week we'll be providing tips to help improve mental health, facts, ways to get support, and giving you the chance to tell us how you're feeling with our feedback form.
Part of campaign is to find out what you are thinking and how you are feeling. We've created a form for students to share their thoughts, feelings and suggestions. It's completely anonymous - so please be honest. The information you provide will be used to create a report about student mental health, to help improve understanding and services offered. Together we can make a real positive change.
Tip 1 - Active Relaxation.
Relaxation doesn’t have to mean sitting still
– gentle exercise can help you relax too.
Take a walk, going at your own pace.
You might choose to go for a longer walk,
but even a few minutes of walking can help you feel relaxed.
Tip 2 - Spend Time In Nature.
Spending time outside and in green spaces can be great for your physical and mental health. Take a walk in the countryside, visit the beach or through a local park.
Tip 3 - Download an App.
Download a meditation app to your phone. Spending a few minutes in the morning or evening (or both!) to be mindful and meditate will help promote positive thinking and can reduce your stress levels. Headspace is one app recommended by Student Minds.
Tip 4 - Get Some Rest.
Having a good night sleep really helps to improve your physical and mental health. Try creating a schedule that suits you. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine or alcohol close to bed-time, and reduce your screen usage too.
Tip 5 - Make A List
When you have too much going on in your head, write your thoughts down on paper. It's a great way of sorting things out in your head.
Staying Positive, Take Note.
Make a note of things you're grateful for, this could be good memories, friends, family, pets.
You can look back at these notes if you're feeling down. So make a favourites folder, print a few photos off, write a few memories in a diary - whatever works for you.
Quality Of Life
Men report lower life satisfaction than women in the Government’s national well-being survey – with those aged 45 to 59 reporting the lowest levels of life satisfaction.
Men are 3 times more likely to become dependant on alcohol compared to women.
Feeling The Stress
34% of men agreed or strongly agreed, to feeling “constantly stressed or under pressure”.
Men and Suicide
3 out of 4 suicides in the UK was committed by men, and it's the single biggest cause of death in men under 35.
87% of rough sleepers are men, and 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men.
We need to change the culture of this topic and make it ok to speak about mental health and suicide.
Student Services Carmarthen
Student Services Lampeter
Student Services Swansea
Student Services London
020 756 67600
Help From Charities
0300 123 3393
Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline
0808 808 2234
By filling in the Real Men Do Cry form you consent to the results being shared with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The results of the feedback are completely anonymous, from this information a report will be created about Men's Mental Health at UWTSD, this will then be shared with the university to provide feedback and help improve support networks.