Middle aged men

Some men develop depression, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and other physical and emotional symptoms when they reach their late 40s to early 50s (read more here).

Middle-aged men in the UK have experienced the highest average suicide rate compared to any other age group over the past two decades (read more here).

Other symptoms men in this age group can experience:

Mood swings and irritability
Loss of muscle mass and reduced ability to exercise
Fat redistribution, such as developing a larger belly
A general lack of enthusiasm or energy
Difficulty sleeping
Poor concentration and short term memory

Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/male-menopause/
What are the reasons for this?

Mental health difficulties experienced by men at this age are often brought on by work or relationship issues, financial problems, worries over life life accomplishments or caring for aging parents.

There may also be added pressures from the COVID pandemic, such as increased responsibilities both at work and home.

Men are more frequently ejected from the family home than women in family breakdown – they may not have social support networks like women to fall back on. They may find themselves totally alone, paying a lot of child support and towards their partners’ mortgage and might just be living in insecure or hostel accommodation themselves. I hear of this a lot - Lenny, Mind in Harrow user involvement group.
Support and resources

Common problems - visit our page which includes advice and guidance for managing low mood, anxiety, stress and other common problems.
Men's mental health - visit our page which includes information and resources specifically for men who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health.



Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) men

Men from BAME communities are more likely to experience mental health difficulties, but less likely to access the support they need (read more here)

Black men are more likely to have experienced a psychotic disorder in the last year than white men (read more here)

What are the reasons for this?

As well as the factors that can affect everyone's mental health, men from BAME communities may also contend with racism, inequality and mental health stigma.

During the pandemic, there has also been a disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities, who have experienced a higher prevalence of the virus and significantly worse health outcomes.

Source: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/b/black-asian-and-minority-ethnic-bame-communities

Being Asian, my experiences in school and outside society differed from my experiences within the family. Traditionally in Asian culture, the expectation is that the man has a responsibility to look after his family and when my wife became pregnant I felt I needed support to adjust. The pressure to be the main breadwinner was intense. There was no support available for me to help me cope with the changes. Michael, Mind in Harrow user involvement group
Support and resources

Mind - your local Mind may offer groups in your area for people in your community.
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network - includes a directory of therapists of Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage.
Support resources for BAME colleagues - visit our page which includes a variety of support and resources.



Gay, Bisexual and Trans (GBT) men

Research has found that gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) men are more likely to report poor mental health, substance misuse, social isolation, self-harm and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual men.

More than two in five GBT men (46 per cent) have experienced depression in the last year, compared with 13 per cent of heterosexual men.

Source: https://www.mind.org.uk/media/6771/get-it-off-your-chest_a4_final.pdf
What are the reasons for this?

It is thought that the reasons for poor mental health amongst GBT men may be associated with stigma and discrimination related to their sexuality or gender identity. These men may feel unable to be open with friends, family, colleagues or healthcare professionals when seeking medical help. For those that have come out, they may feel a sense of rejection or experience bullying/hate crimes.

I was part of a group made up of heterosexual men and women, but only felt that the therapy started to make sense when another man who identified as gay joined us. There were several parallels with our experiences, which helped me to make much more sense of my sexuality and the associated issue of what masculinity meant to me. Up to this point I didn’t feel that the therapist or the other group members had any real understanding of what it meant to be gay and I felt that I was unable to talk about it in any depth. - Respondent to Mind 2017 survey who identifies as a gay man
Support and resources

Switchboard LGBT - a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being.
Support resources for LGBTQ+ colleagues - visit our page which includes information on events, training and support groups.

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