November has been Men’s Health Awareness Month. Throughout the month-long event, the spotlight has been on encouraging conversation around men’s health issues to reduce stigma and reluctancy to seek help.
We can’t explore men’s health without focusing on the disconnect between men’s mental health and men receiving the support they need. In this study, men are said to be nearly half as likely to get the help they deserve.
Join us as we look at the key facts and the emotional barriers men face when seeking treatment. Plus, we’ll share Andy Lowe’s story about his experience using medicinal cannabis for his condition and how it has changed his life for the better.
What mental health treatment are men receiving?
Suicide remains the largest cause of death for men under 50, yet only 36% of all referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men. This leaves many opting for the prescription medicine route instead. In fact, a staggering 2.8 million men were prescribed antidepressants in the last two years.
Medicinal cannabis has become increasingly valuable for easing symptoms associated with common mental health issues – from depression and anxiety, to sleep and some forms of PTSD. Our research shows that 3.7 million men report having used anti-depressants but found that it did not help their mental health at all.
Given the growing shift away from anti-depressant drugs, our holistic and patient-centric approach to treating mental health symptoms could go some way in providing an alternative route for men.