How can the East Riding support the mental health of working age men?
Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire have been running a project encouraging working age males to share their experience mental health and mental health services in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
‘Silent Partners’ is a report which aims to highlight how working age men think about mental health and what if any barriers are in place to access local services.
The key areas Healthwatch East Riding wanted men to speak about were:
- Access to services
- Confidence in accessing services
- Issues affecting men
- Challenges in the health services
- How to improve local services
- Mental health stigma
- Experience of mental health
- Loneliness and isolation
- Staying happy and healthy
Key findings in the report found that:
- Perception around the lack of flexibility of health and social care appointments for working age males was a repeated statement.
- Respondents were generally confident about accessing information and Health and Social Care services.
- The stigma of men’s mental health issues was highlighted frequently throughout the research and it is seen as a sign of weakness for men to discuss it.
- Consistency of information being produced for this demographic
The full report has been sent to all health and social care providers, with recommendations made by Healthwatch of how services can improve and meet the needs of the local population.
Matthew Fawcett, Manager of Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire, said “Our aim is to enable all residents to be able to have a say in local services. We know not everyone is able or willing to come to our meetings and events, so it’s vital we go out and speak to them. We found most men wanted to speak with us, and the fact that so many men did highlights the benefit of our approach. We will be using the findings to challenge services and continue to improve services for public”.
Healthwatch will continue to follow up the report and continue to ensure all local residents are able to have their voice listened to and help shape their local services.
The full report can be found on below or through contacting us directly on 01482 665684