Men’s Health Week 2024

Men’s Health Week 2024

International Men’s Health Week is a global initiative which aims to increase awareness of male health issues and to encourage institutions to develop health policies and services that meet the specific needs of men, boys and their families This year, it runs from June 10 to 16.

Here at Rugby League Cares we are proud of the part we are playing in helping men and boys become as happy, healthy and fulfilled as they can be through our delivery of programmes like Offload and Movember Ahead of the Game.

Over the last few years we have helped close to 50,000 men and boys tackle important issues around their mental fitness, which is critically important due to the unique challenges and societal pressures they face.

Men are less likely to seek help for mental health issues compared to women, often due to cultural expectations that stigmatise vulnerability and emotional expression. This can lead to serious consequences: for example, men are nearly four times more likely to die by suicide than women.

Tips to support your mental health

Embracing change and learning to cope with it positively can improve your mental health, increase your resilience, and help you lead a more balanced life. Here are some tips to help you cope with change effectively:

Understanding change

Change happens to everyone. It can be a new job, a breakup, moving house, or even a shift in how you see yourself. Change can feel scary, but it also offers a chance to grow and learn. The first step in coping with change is to accept that it’s a normal part of life.

Acknowledge your feelings

It’s okay to have feelings like anxiety, sadness, or confusion when things change. Ignoring these feelings can make things worse. Instead, let yourself feel and understand your emotions. This helps you deal with them in a healthy way.

Seek support

You don’t have to go through change alone. Talking to friends, family, or a mental health professional can help. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can give you new perspectives and make dealing with change easier.

Maintain routine and self-care

Keeping a routine can help you feel more in control. Stick to regular activities like exercise, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. Doing things you enjoy can also reduce stress. A routine gives you stability when everything else feels uncertain.

Focus on adaptability

Try to be flexible and open-minded when facing change. See challenges as chances to learn and grow. Being adaptable means you can adjust your plans when needed, which can reduce stress and help you handle new situations better.

Set realistic expectations

Give yourself time to adjust to change. It’s okay to take things slow and go at your own pace. Celebrate small successes along the way. Setting achievable goals can help you feel accomplished and keep you motivated.

Practise mindfulness and stress management

Mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help you stay calm and focused. These practices can reduce stress and help you stay present, rather than worrying about the future or the past.

Seek professional help if needed

If dealing with change feels overwhelming, consider talking to a therapist or counsellor. They can offer tools and support to help you manage your feelings and build resilience. Professional help can make a big difference in how you cope with major changes.