According to the Mental Health Foundation, social expectations for men play a large role in their mental health.
Men grow up with a kaleidoscope of thoughts about how they should act in life and what masculinity is. There’s an assumed ‘need’ to be the bread winner and display all of the stereotypical masculine traits such as bravery, dominance, and control. Some men can be left confused about their role in modern society, and what others want or need from them.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, men have greater difficulty talking about their own mental health struggles than women. If that resonates with you, this course will help.
Over 12 modules, we’ll explore the challenges faced by men in business and life today and reveal some simple steps that’ll help you lead a happier, more successful life.
THE DANGERS OF NOT ACTING
As noted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the difficulty men have with talking about their mental health often results in a reliance on alcohol or other vices. Seen as ‘self-medication’, these perceived solutions only make the situation worse.
When working long hours with high demands on your role, it isn’t unusual to feel worn out with all of that pressure to constantly perform. You’re probably fearful of letting people down and feel that you have to project a certain image while at work.
You can’t always be stoic, brave, or energetic - nor can you work constantly. In doing so, your relationships will become strained and you’ll never have any time to yourself or your loved ones.
As a result, you’ll regularly feel angry, frustrated, and irritable. And those feelings are only exacerbated by constant worries related to keeping up your current lifestyle, paying the mortgage, and putting food on the table.
This pressure can easily lead to:
- feelings of helplessness;
- relationship problems; and
- complete breakdown.
However, you can avoid all of these issues by being kind to yourself and recognising when you need to take action with your mental health. Finding this website is the first step on that journey.
ABOUT YOUR TRAINER:
Claire Russell - Founder, Trainer, Speaker & Coach
Claire has been running successful businesses in the financial services sector for over 20 years.
This has given her a very broad business knowledge and a great deal of experience in overcoming the challenges that all business owners face at some time in their business careers.
Claire started to use some of her time to help others as a volunteer with Samaritans, after experiencing a difficult period in her life. She realised that she wanted to use her skills and experiential knowledge to help other people facing difficult times; and in particular, mental health issues. This led her to undergo various additional training programs via Samaritans, Mental Health First Aid England, and as a Coach; to begin volunteering and working privately with people; and to start speaking candidly about issues relating to mental health and suicide.
In March 2018 Claire experienced a double tragedy - the loss of her partner due to suicide and shortly after, the loss of their unborn child. Experiencing loss like this has made Claire all the more determined to take her experience, training, and knowledge and help as many people as possible. Her vision is to lead a global shift in attitudes towards mental health and suicide.
In the last few years, having become increasingly concerned by the growing epidemic of mental health problems, she has become passionate about helping to effect change by educating people, by breaking down taboos, and by opening up the conversation about mental health.
Claire leads our program development, delivers training and coaching, and is a prolific speaker. She continues to be a committed volunteer, giving much of her time to her local Samaritans branch.
As well as being a listening volunteer with The Samaritans, Claire is also qualified as a Mental Health First Aider and CLARITY Practitioner.