Men's health

Raising awareness of health issues

It is important that we raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems.

Some of the health issues that affect men are stress, sexual health, erectile dysfunction, substance misuse and cancer.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is very common, particularly in men over 40.

It affects most men at some time: about one in 10 at any given moment. It is usually nothing to worry about, however, it is recommended that you see a GP if it keeps occurring as it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

There are many treatments available so see your GP or local sexual health service.

Common causes are stress, tiredness, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol. Other psychological causes can include relationship problems or sexual boredom or sexual identity problems.

Medical conditions that may cause it include:

Treatment for erection problems depends on the cause but are usually effective and the issue often goes away.

Mental health

In England, around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Three times as many men as women die by suicide.

Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.

Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women according to the government’s national wellbeing survey.

Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women: only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.

In addition, men are far more likely than women to go missing, sleep rough, become dependent on alcohol and use drugs frequently .


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