On Wednesday the 15th of June, the UK health charity Men’s Health Forum is formally launching beatstress.uk, an anonymous online chat and email service available to men from anywhere at all by computer, phone or tablet. The service enables men to talk about things that are causing them stress in an anonymous and confidential way with health and wellbeing professionals who are able to offer support and signpost to services.
The service has been set up by the Men’s Health Forum with a grant from the Bupa UK Foundation in response to the clear crisis in middle aged men’s mental health. According to Government surveys, middle-aged men (45-59) have the lowest life satisfaction and the highest stress levels. In a recent Men's Health Forum survey conducted by Opinion Leader:
“middle-age is a particularly stressful time for men and men are often not very good at getting help. We’ve made this service anonymous, confidential and accessible via mobile so that it is easier for men to ask for help sooner”
“We know from our research that men may feel more empowered to seek help when it is anonymous, convenient and confidential. This service is a great step forward in helping men to help themselves and with the right support we know that men can and do self-manage stress effectively.”
“We’re pleased to support the Men’s Health Forum with its Beat Stress programme. Mental wellbeing is a really important issue and many people, particularly men, don't recognise that they need help and so delay seeking treatment.
We hope the Beat Stress programme will be a positive step in helping men across the UK talk about stressful issues in a safe forum.”
The Men’s Health Forum is a UK registered charity established in 2001 whose core ambition is to ensure that all men and boys - particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas and communities - will have the information, services and treatments they need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. Find out more at www.menshealthforum.org.uk/about-us
For more information, requests for interview and case studies and interviews with health professionals, please contact Chris Stein, the Senior Project Officer of the Men’s Health Forum:T 020 7922 7925 M 07743 929 968 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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