Not OK: Average man rates his mental health at just 6 out of 10, feels depressed 3 times a week

NEW YORK – Millions of men may be showing courage, but they’re not doing as well as you might think. A new survey reveals that the average man feels depressed three times a week. The survey of 2,000 men also reveals that the average respondent only rates their mental health as a 6 out of 10.

However, those no older than 18 say it’s closer to five out of 10.

Dealing with a physical health issue (26%), poor eating habits (20%) and pressures at work (20%) are among the reasons men say they struggled with their mental well-being at work. course of the last 12 months. Others say they are not in a relationship, lifestyle changes such as marriage breakdown and social media browsing can also affect their overall wellbeing.

44% admit they have never spoken to anyone about how they feel, with 32% often feeling lonely. Meanwhile, 35% actively avoid conversations with others about their mental wellbeing.

How are you really Do?

The research was commissioned by NIVEA MEN as part of its ‘Strength In Numbers’ campaign, which, together with Talk Club, aims to give men the tools to start the conversation and check their feelings by asking themselves, as well as others, “How are you? Out of 10?

“Most men find it hard to open up about their feelings. But just answering ‘How are you? Out of 10?’ gives them a way to get started,” said Ben Akers, co-CEO and co-founder of Talk Club, in a statement.

“We seem to take care of our cars better than our minds. But regularly talking about our worries releases the pressure, allowing us to become mentally fitter and, in turn, mentally stronger. Regular maintenance reduces the risk of failure,” continues Akers. “Remember that it’s normal for our numbers to change – it’s normal – but understanding why and being able to talk about it is what can improve them.”

The study also found that social events leave two-thirds of men feeling anxious, and two in 10 feeling stressed at work. However, more than seven in ten people feel more relaxed when they are home on weekends and 63% feel calm when hanging out with friends.

Mindfulness and regular exercise, along with breathing and meditation, were among the most common ways men used to maintain good mental health.

To whom do men turn?

Four in 10 men between the ages of 35 and 40 have visited their GP to discuss their mental wellbeing. Another four in 10 felt able to open up to a close friend or family member about their feelings.

While many are keen to talk with others, almost half (47%) feel less comfortable asking other men about their struggles. In these cases, fertility issues are the number one topic that is prohibited. Other topics that men are nervous to discuss include addictions, eating habits, and hair loss.

When asked why they avoid such conversations, one in five do not want their loved ones to see their vulnerable side or feel judged. Another 18% think they can manage their difficulties on their own.

The research, conducted by OnePoll, also found that 57% of men would like to see more support available for those with mental health issues. Many consider regular conversations with friends and family (30%), talking about their feelings with others (27%) and reducing their alcohol consumption (22%) as ways to maintain their mental fitness.

“It saddens us to hear so many men struggling with their mental health and uncomfortable about opening up,” says Emily Marcham of NIVEA MEN.

“It all starts with answering a question; ‘How are you? On 10?’. So why not give it a try now? Check in with yourself and check in with others around you, because the truth is that checking in and opening up regularly makes us stronger.

THINGS THAT HAVE AFFECTED MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

  1. Health
  2. Bad eating habits
  3. Work deadlines/pressures
  4. Relationship status
  5. Life goals e.g. career, marriage, mortgage
  6. Life changes, e.g. having children, job promotion
  7. social media
  8. Dependencies
  9. Fitness plans
  10. Hair loss

Reporting by Mustafa Mirreh, editor of 72Points

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