"Blue Monday event - men and mental health problemas"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Today being blue Monday most depressing day of the year an event was held in Nottingham by Nottinghamshire nhs trust, jointly with self help Nottingham. Also a community of interest. The snow was deep the room was only half full but there were lots of interesting speakers.

The main point I want to make however is one of the panel a lady called Anne said that men seem to be over looked in mental health and for treatment. This has got me wondering why services don't do more for men...... Is it that men just run off to the pub.... Get more aggressive and angry and then not get the service that they require?

There are lots of groups for women. I am wondering if notts healthcare trust could do some work around involving men more and helping men to survive longer and better.

I don't know of any successful men's groups. I know that the Nottingham recovery college do run courses for women.

I am thankful that at least one person realises that men don't face mental health problems well.

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Thank you so much for sharing your story. I will pass on your posting to Anne and The Living With Depression Community of Interest and ask them to respond to the points you raised as they may want to explore this further within their group.

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