Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● DR Ian Hulme, GP at Mead­ow­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Con­gle­ton, and NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clinical lead for men­tal health.

IT’S shock­ing yet sadly true that men ac­count for eight out of ev­ery 10 sui­cides.

In­deed, suicide is the big­gest cause of death for men un­der the age of 35, which ex­em­pli­fies more than ever the im­por­tance of tack­ling the stigma around men­tal health and en­cour­ag­ing men to seek help ear­lier.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with a provider of men­tal health ser­vices to en­cour­age men to speak up about stress.

Our joint plea with Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship (CWP) NHS Foun­da­tion Trust was made in sup­port of Men’s Health Week, which took place ear­lier this month.

CWP is keen to en­gage with and pos­i­tively in­flu­ence men, as it pro­vides a num­ber of ser­vices that sup­port peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health prob­lems, such as de­pres­sion and stress.

Al­though it can be easy to dismiss stress as some­thing ev­ery­one has to deal with, it can have a se­ri­ous im­pact on your health and well­be­ing, and talk­ing to your GP can be the first step in tack­ling it.

We may re­fer you for talk­ing ther­a­pies with a provider such as CWP, or point you to an on­line ser­vice like Mood Zone on NHS Choices, but some­times we just lis­ten and dis­cuss ways in which you can bet­ter look af­ter your men­tal health.

There are lots of ways we can take steps our­selves to im­prove things and ev­ery­one is different, so it’s im­por­tant to find what works for you.

Some peo­ple find learn­ing a new skill or get­ting in­volved in vol­un­teer­ing ben­e­fi­cial, while other sim­ply need to take some time for them­selves, or im­prove the qual­ity of their sleep. Need help now? If you need help or if you are wor­ried about some­one else, you can find im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance via the fol­low­ing sup­port ser­vices:

CALM (Cam­paign Against Liv­ing Mis­er­ably) – A reg­is­tered charity which ex­ists to pre­vent male suicide in the UK. Tel: 0800 58 58 58, op­er­at­ing 5pm to mid­night.

Sa­mar­i­tans – A na­tional reg­is­tered charity that is avail­able around the clock to help any­one. Tel: 116 123, op­er­at­ing 24 hours (free). Visit: cwp.nhs. uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

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