Men Feeling Blue
Men Feeling Blue
Four Emotional Health Programs
The Men in Schools Mental Health Project - 2018 is founded on four emotional literacy issues.
Blue man represents men's depressive state
Green man represents men's healthy emotional life
Red man represents the times when anger, aggression, fear and sadness enter a man's life
Yellow man represents a man who is happy and has the skills and aptitudes to be resilient in the face of pressures generated in a school environment.
BLUE MAN - a suite of resources to reflect upon and deal with stress and depression.
GREEN MAN - a suite of resources to explore healthy emotional literacy
RED MAN - a suite of resources for men to explore their darker side
YELLOW MAN - a suite of resources to maintain a happy and healthy approach to teaching and leadership.
Teacher Stress Report
Men and women experience mental health problems in roughly equal numbers. However, men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for a mental health condition and the consequences of this can be fatal.
While women will make use of their social networks and friendships, men don’t have the same level of social support. Men don’t want to be seen as weak they don’t seek out the support they need.
Research suggests men often turn to alcohol or illegal drug use to help them cope with their problems.
What affects the mental health of men?
Major life events – good and bad can have an impact on our emotional health. The top the list for men are job security, work and money.
More men than women die by suicide – with the highest rates in males between the ages of 30 and 44, but the rate in those aged 45 to 54 has also significantly increased.
Many men find it difficult to ask for help when they are depressed or have a mental health issue because they think they will be seen as weak or having failed.
Men sometimes find it helpful to see depression as a result of chemical changes in the brain and/or as the result of living in a demanding and stressful world.
Men can get help more easily if people recognise their particular needs. For instance, a man who is depressed is more likely to talk about his physical symptoms than his feelings and this sometimes masks the underlying issue.
Mental Wellbeing Checklist
Emotional well-being e.g. self esteem, self worth, confidence, hopefulness, optimism, life satisfaction, enjoyment and having fun
Ability to understand, think clearly and function socially e.g. problem solving, decision making, relationships with others, communication skills
Have beliefs and values e.g. spirituality, religious beliefs, cultural identity
Learning and development e.g. formal and informal education and hobbies
Healthy lifestyle e.g. taking steps towards this by healthy eating, regular physical activity and sensible drinking.
Having a valued role e.g. volunteer, teacher, carer
Sense of belonging e.g. connectedness to community, neighbourhood, family group, work team
Feeling involved e.g. in the family, community, at work.
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