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A. Great question, and the one we probably get asked the most (hence it's in the Frequently Asked Question section!). There are a multitude of ways you can help. We're always looking for donations to keep the site running and help develop our range of services and initiatives.

If you'd like to donate some of your hard-earned cash (or even some you that was easily earned), you can visit our Support Us page and follow the instructions. You can also buy one of our fantastic fabric festival wristbands. If you'd like to fundraise for us, then you can do that from the same page. Just follow the links on the page to our LocalGiving page.

Of course, the help you offer it doesn't have to be financial. If you suffer from poor mental health or care for someone who does, you can share your story in as much, or as little, detail as you wish. This helps people around the world who read your blog and may be going through the same thing you are.

You can also help to spread the word on social media. All the links are below. 

Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, 'Like' us on Facebook and share the work we're doing with your audience. That helps increase our reach and shows the world the work we're doing. Thanks in advance.

 

A. Absolutely not. Whilst it's true our aim is help men, that's not all we are. We know that there are plenty of men and women who care for male partners, friends or family who may suffer with poor mental health. We want to help those too. We like to think we're men-focussed, rather than being men-only.

 

In a word. NO! If you think someone who feels that life has nothing to offer them is a coward or there's something wrong with their character then you're wrong. It's as simple as that.

About 90% of the time, it's true to say that there is an underlying problem in those who take their own lives. Roughly speaking, about 46% of those people have a problem with an intimate partner, 32% have alcohol problems, 24% have a physical health problem, 27% have financial difficulties, 30% have a problem with their job and 63% have a depressed mood.

The brain is just like any other bodily organ. If it's sick, there is going to be consequences and some of them can be life-threatening. If you had a heart problem, you'd get help. If you had a kidney problem, you'd get help. Same goes for the brain. 

 

If you've got nothing to show after 3 weeks, then give up and stick to a clean-shaved set of lips.

 

A. The easy answer is NO. Whilst we ABSOLUTELY ARE NOT making light of mental illness in any way. However we do understand, as we hope you do too, that we're all people.

We try to breakdown the stigma of mental illness through humour and to make what we do and say engaging. We want to show that those who suffer with different forms of mental illness, including the team at Men Tell Health, can make a difficult subject just that little bit more 'human'.

 

The heaviest one you can comfortably manage. Certainly no less than a 12; anything less and I mean, come on, what are thinking?

 

That really depends on how serious the problem is. Men love a bit of DIY we know, but it's not that simple.

If it's mild depression or anxiety, there are some self-help or lifestyle choices you can make to ease the symptoms, but when (or if) it gets more serious, you'll need some professional help.

If you broke your leg, you wouldn't even consider trying to sort it out yourself would you? Your brain needs the same level of care.

 

Therapy is an entirely personal experience and there are lots of different types. It works for some people and not always for others. If you've tried therapy and it didn't help, then that really shouldn't put you off trying again.

Sometimes we're just not in the right place mentally to get the most from therapy when it happens, sometimes it's just the type of therapy that needs changing, occasionally it might just be a bad fit between you and the therapist. Don't let one bad experience put you off trying to again.

If you had a bad slice of pizza, it wouldn't put you off trying it again would it? If you went out on one date and really didn't get along, you wouldn't stop looking for love would you? Same thing here.