some issues surrounding male psychological wellbeing

  • DEPRESSION: According to the (Royal College of Psychiatrists) men suffer from depression just as much as women do but are less likely to ask for help.
  • MENTAL HEATH: According to a report produced by the (Men’s Health Forum) in Ireland in 2014 relating to the mental health of young males stated boys and young men do not have the ability to identify as handle emotions as well as young women.
  • ANXIETY: According to an article on (The Telegraph) website men are far less likely than women to seek counselling for anxiety.
  • ACCESSING HELP: According to an article on the (American Psychological Association) website it states that many men: “Worry that society will look down on a man who can't ‘tough it out’ on his own, and that seeking--or even needing--help is not "normal" male behaviour. Even men who do seek counselling may worry about what others think of their choice.”
  • ACCESSING HELP: According to the (NHS Annual Report on Access to IAPT Services) of those accessing their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), programme to treat depression and anxiety in England during 2017-18, only 35.31% of those who accessed treatment in that year were males.
  • SUICIDE: According to the (Office of National Statistics) in the UK for 2017, males accounted for three-quarters of deaths recorded by suicide in that year, that was 4382 deaths.
  • SUICIDE: According to the (Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency) 76.72% of deaths by suicide recorded in Northern Ireland were males, that was 234 deaths.
  • MALE NARRATIVES: According to a report by (The Samaritans) they can impact adversely on male psychological wellbeing, it stated: The way men are brought up to behave and the roles, attributes and behaviours that society expects of them – contributes to suicide in men. Men compare themselves against a masculine ‘gold standard’ which prizes power, control and invincibility. When men believe they are not meeting this standard, they feel a sense of shame and defeat.”
  •  BODY DYSMORPHIA: The (BBC) website reports muscle dysmorphia is a growing issue with as many as 1 in 10 men who attend gyms experiencing 'bigorexia'.
  • BODY DYSMORPHIA: According to an article on (The Guardian) website, research showed that: More than four in five men (80.7%) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to perceived flaws and imperfections, compared with 75% of women. “

some issues surrounding male physical wellbeing

  • DIET: According to the (Men’s Health Forum) website, males eat a poorer diet than females and are less knowledgeable about healthy foods.
  • ALCOHOL: According to the (Office of National Statistics)website in 2017, rates of alcohol-specific deaths were twice as high among men compared to women.
  • ALCOHOL: According to the (NHS) report on alcohol use in England published in 2018, 31% of men compared to 16% of women drank at a level indicating increased or higher risk of harm (more than 14 units per week).
  • SMOKING: According to the (Office of National Statistics) website more males in the UK are smokers in 2017 (17% of the male population), than females (13.3% of the female population).
  • DIABETES: According to the (NHS) audit report, in 2017-18 in England and Wales, there was 1,877,550 males with either Type1 or Type2 diabetes, compared to 1,477,530 females.
  • STIs: According to the (Public Health Agency) report 64% of new sexually transmitted infection diagnoses in Northern Ireland in 2017 were in males.
  • HIV: According to the (Public Health Agency) 2017 HIV Report, between 2007 and 2016, females accounted for 21% of new HIV cases diagnosed and males accounted for 79%.
  • LIFESPAN: According to the (Office of National Statistics) website, the average life expectancy for a baby boy born in the UK between 2015 and 2017 is 79.2 years compared to 82.9 years for a baby girl born at the same time.
  • OBESITY: According to the recent (NHS) report on obesity in 2016 in England, 66% of males were overweight or obese compared to 57% of females.
  • CORONARY HEART DISEASE: According to the (British Heart Foundation) 2018 Northern Ireland Factsheet, 1 in 8 men compared to 1 in 13 women die from coronary heart disease.
  • CANCER: According to the (Irish Cancer Society) website, in Ireland, skin cancer is more common in males than in females.
  • CANCER: According to the (Cancer Research UK) website in males in the UK, there were around 183,000 new cancer cases in 2015. In females in the UK, there were around 177,000 new cancer cases in 2015. In males in the UK, there were around 88,200 cancer deaths in 2016. In females in the UK, there were around 77,900 cancer deaths in 2016. Cancer survival is higher in women than men.

some issues surrounding male relational wellbeing

  • FRIENDSHIPS: A report by (Relate) found only 11% of males reported having no close friends compared to 9% of females. It also found that only 73% of males describe their friendships as good or very good compared to 81% of women.
  • LONELINESS: According to an article on the (Psychology Today) website single males experience greater levels of loneliness than single females.
  • FATHERHOOD: A report by (Relate) found that only 66% of people described their relationship with their father as good/very good, compared to 78% who described their relationship with their mother as good/very good.
  • FRIENDSHIPS: An article on (The Telegraph) website reported that a YouGov survey found that approximately 12.5% of males in the UK said they had no close friends that they could discuss a serious topic with.
  • SEX LIFE: A report by (Relate) found 64% of males said that a good sex life was fairly or very important to them compared to only 53% of females.
  • FATHERHOOD: According to a 2014 report by (Hall & Partners/Open Mind) funded by the Movember Foundation, males who had experienced low levels of emotional openness or engagement with their fathers growing up are more likely to experience poor social support in adult life.
  • FIDELITY: A report by (Relate) suggests males struggle more with relationship fidelity than females. 22% of males admitted to having wrestled with the temptation to commit relationship infidelity compared to 13% of females.
  • FAMILY: Research by the (International Longevity Centre UK) found that almost 1 in 4 older males (23%) had less than monthly contact with their children, and close to 1 in 3 (31%) had less than monthly contact with other family members. For females, these figures were 15% and 21% respectively.
  • SEX LIFE: A recent survey by (Relate) showed that males are more likely to be dissatisfied with their sex lives than females, with one in four men saying they were dissatisfied compared to one in five women.
  • RELATIONSHIPS: A key facts report on domestic and partner abuse produced by the (Mankind Initiative) in 2017 stated that: Male victims (39%) are over three times as likely than women (12%) not to tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from.”

some issues surrounding male professional wellbeing

  • UNEMPLOYMENT: According to the (Statista) website, unemployment rates for males in the UK have been consistently higher than for females during the period 2000 – 2017.
  • EDUCATION: According to the (HSEA) website in the 2016-2017 academic year only 43.26% of those studying for higher education were males. In that same year according to the (HSEA) males only accounted for 42.39% of higher education qualifications obtained.
  • EDUCATION: According to research by the Higher Education Policy Institute highlighted in an article on the (BBC) website females in the UK are 35% more likely than males to go to university.
  • REDUNDANCY: According to the (Office for National Statistics) website, the overall rate redundancy rate in the UK is higher for males than for females.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT: An article on the (Men’s Health Forum) website states “Men are nearly twice as likely to have mental health problems due to being unemployed than women.”
  • WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Results of a global study reported on the (CIPD) website show that both males and females struggle to achieve a positive work-life balance, but males feel less able to talk about the issue.
  • EDUCATION: According to the (Joint Council for Qualifications) in 2018, on average in the UK, 62.3% of males achieved grade C/4 or above at GCSE level, compared to 71.4% of females.
  • EDUCATION: According to the (Joint Council for Qualifications) in 2018, on average in the UK, 75.1% of males achieved grade C or above at GCE A-level, compared to 78.7% of females.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT: According to (NISRA) in 2017, the unemployment rate for males in Northern Ireland was 5.6% compared to 3.1% for females.

some issues surrounding male recreational wellbeing

  • GAMING: According to the (Big Fish Games) website, globally 59% of all gamers are male and 41% are female. 53% of the most frequent game players feel video games help them connect with friends and42% of the most frequent game players feel video games help them spend time with family.
  • GAMING: The jury is still out on whether someone can be classified as being addicted to playing video games, but according to the (Addiction Experts) website boys are more likely to become video game addicts than girls.
  • PORNOGRAPHY: An article on (The Independent) website states that young men could be heading for a masculinity crisis due to the impact that high levels of engagement with both online pornography and excessive playing of video games could have on their psychological health.
  • PORNOGRAPHY: The (American Psychological Association) website reports that levels of pornography consumption are significantly higher among males than females.
  • PORNOGRAPHY: Results of a survey carried out in 2014 BY (Cosmopolitan) published on their website (done in conjunction with Esquire magazine), showed that 32.5% of males accessed pornography on a daily basis compared to 3.8% of females.
  • THE INTERNET: the (Live Strong) website reports that many more males than females are addicted to use of the internet.
  • THE INTERNET: A recent survey of young people in the UK by OnSide Youth Zones reported in (The Express) found only 37% of boys spent their time online socialising compared to 53% of girls.
  • SPORT: The (Sport England) 2017/18 Active Lives survey shows males are more likely (59%) to volunteer to support sport than females.
  • GAMBLING: The (Gambling Commission) recent report relating to gambling activity in the UK during 2016 showed 53% of males had gambled in the past 4 weeks (compared to 44% of females). The report highlighted males are also more likely to become 'at risk' or 'problem' gamblers.
  • VOLUNTEERING: According to (The Department for Communities) report, only 26% of males in Northern Ireland had volunteered in the previous 12 months, compared to 28% of females.
  • GAMBLING: According to (The Department for Communities) report, in 2016, on average, Northern Irish males spent nearly 3 times as much per week gambling than females.

some issues surrounding difference

  • According to the Mental Health Foundation website, people from black, asian and minority ethic groups (BMAE), living in the UK are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health problem and have a poor outcome from treatment than their non-BMAE counterparts.
  • According to the Mental Health Today website mental health problems are more common among BMAE communities than in the general population.
  • According to an article on the Psychology Today website utilisation rates of mental health services in America are lower amount BMAE males than white males.
  • According to an article on The Nursing Times website communications and cultural barriers make it more difficult for those within BMAE communities to access mental health services.
  • According to a UK Home Office report, the hate crimes reported in 2015/16 increased by 19% from the previous year, with 79% of those being race hate crimes.
  • According to The Mind website: “Young African Caribbean men are one of the most overrepresented BME groups in inpatient mental health services in the country. There are multiple reasons for this, but among them are stigma, cultural barriers, and discrimination.”
  • According to the Mind website LGBT people can be at greater risk of developing mental health problems that the wider population.
  • According to the NHS Choices website: Poor levels of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have often been linked to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying.”
  • According to the Public Health Matters website negative experiences of discrimination and marginalisation have an impact on the mental health of LGBT individuals.
  • According to the LGBT Foundation website lesbian, gay and bisexual people are twice as likely as heterosexual people to have suicidal thoughts or make suicide attempts.
  • According to the Pink News website: Over a third of LGBT people living in the London are suffering from mental health issues, a rate 15% higher than the general population.”
  • A key facts report on domestic and partner abuse produced by the Mankind Initiative in 2017 stated that: The percentage of gay or bisexual men (6.2%) who suffered partner abuse in 2008/09 is nearly double the number for heterosexual men (3.3%).”

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