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Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust promotes men's mental health group in Movember
As men begin to cultivate moustaches to raise awareness of testicular cancer, they are also being urged to look after their mental health.
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is using Movember to remind men not to suffer in silence.
The month long campaign, which began on Friday, encourages men to sport moustaches to support men’s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer and promote physical and mental wellbeing.
On average men live seven years less than women due to basic health inequalities.
One in eight men in the UK will develop prostate cancer in their lifetimes, and bowel cancer rates amongst men have risen by 29 per cent.
Men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide.
However they are less likely to be treated for mental health problems, with only 17 per cent compared to 29 per cent of women seeking help.
In order to combat these inequalities, HPFT is reminding men of STRIDE, a course that covers all areas of men’s health, from lifestyle, diet and relationships to self-esteem, goal setting and confidence.
Steve Knight, one of HPFT’s community engagement workers who leads the course, said: “I think it can be difficult to men to ask for help when it comes to their physical and mental health.
"Many men feel that society demands that they be strong and resilient, and asking for help goes against that. But we want to let men know that asking for help isn’t a weakness, it shows strength.
“STRIDE is about giving men advice and information about all sorts of area of their lives. It’s also a great place to come and meet new people and build friendships, and letting people know they are not alone.”
The next meeting in Borehamwood will take place at 10 Leeming Road on December 6 from 11am.
There will also be a meeting at the Wellbeing Centre in Stevenage on November 28.
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