This week is Men’s Health Week – a global event, organised by the Men’s Health Forum, which is dedicated to giving all boys and men access to the information, services and treatment they need to live healthier, longer, and more fulfilling lives. We, at Kelly Chiropractic, think what they have to say is definitely worth talking about.

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The Theme for 2023

This year’s focus is on the impact of technology and social media on mental health. The changes in technology over the last 20 years are unprecedented and in so many ways have made our lives broader, richer, more convenient, more rewarding, and more entertaining. But, as we all know, technology has its downsides and too much time spent on tech can negatively affect your physical and mental health.

With regards to men’s health and mental well-being in the 21st century, the research and statistics make sober reading:

  • one in five men dies before the age of 65
  • men are less likely to visit their doctor than women and only 33% of people referred to NHS Psychological Therapies are men
  • 40% of men won’t talk about their mental health with friends or family and 29% of those say embarrassment is the reason
  • 66% of alcohol related deaths are male
  • suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men

This data underlines how important it is that we in the UK challenge the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, help men to reach out, talk about the problems they are experiencing and seek help. So, we at Kelly Chiropractic want to encourage our patients who are men or who have men in their lives, to take some time to reflect on their health and well-being and to act if something is not how it should be.

  • Seek help from a healthcare professional if you are in pain or have symptoms that do not seem normal
  • Talk to someone if you are struggling – friends, family, support organisations, your GP
  • Take time out from tech to socialise, exercise, spend time outdoors, engage in a hobby – do what makes you feel good!

Small actions, big impact

  • On a daily basis, there are things we can all do to support our own mental health. Why not try the Men’s Health Forum CAN DO Challenge:
  • Connect – with other people
  • Active – move your body
  • Notice – take notice of the environment around you
  • Discover – learn or try something new
  • Offer (or give) – do something for someone else

You can find more information and guidance at Men’s Health Forum

The NHS website also has lots of helpful advice and support for mental health https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/

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People living with pain can find themselves struggling with symptoms such as low mood, anxiety and depression. Chiropractors are well known for treating back and neck pain but we also are highly trained to help with pain and injuries that involve other joints, muscles and nerves in the body. Why not call us to see if we can help you?

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