14-20 June marks Men’s Health Week!
Did you know that only 1 in 4 men would open up to their male friends if they’re experiencing a mental health problem? Men’s Health Week is about challenging the status quo and finding solutions to make a big impact on the men in our lives.
Everybody’s mental health has been challenged by the lockdowns and insecurities of the last year and it’s not over. As we emerge from what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic, questions, concerns and anxieties remain. Men’s Health Week 2021 (14-20 June) asks: how do we move forward?
Recently, the Scottish Inherited Bleeding Disorders Network (SIBDN) and Haemophilia Scotland hosted a webinar on Managing Wellbeing During Covid and Beyond. In it, were helpful tips and tricks about keeping on top of your mental health as we come out of lockdown. You can watch it here.
In Scotland, psychological support is available to anyone affected by a bleeding disorder. This service is led by Dr Gráinne O’Brien (Clinical Psychologist) and Dr Sarah Kennedy (Clinical Psychiatrist).
Some issues which might be discussed with Gráinne or Sarah include:
- Coping with having a bleeding disorder
- Managing to give treatments
- Coping with feelings (like feeling worried, scared, angry or sad)
- Coping with pain
- Managing fear about treatment, like fear of hospital or needles
- Relationships with family, significant others or friends
- Getting ready for going to college or moving on to adult services
- Family-planning concerns
- Sleep problems
- Challenges associated with having received infected blood products.
- Dealing with the loss of a loved one who received infected blood products
Head on over to the Men’s Health Forum website to see how you can get involved with Men’s Health Week 2021.