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(Women and Equalities Committee) Mental health of men and boys inquiry

20 November 2018

The Women and Equalities Committee have launched a new inquiry into the mental health of men and boys.

Awareness of the mental health problems affecting men and boys has increased in recent years, and it is recognised as a serious issue:

  • According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), just over three out of four people who take their own lives are men (76%); this is the biggest cause of death for men under 35.
  • 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders (ONS).
  • Men are three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (Health and Social Care Information Centre).
  • In a survey conducted for the Men’s Mental Health Forum, 12% of men said that the last time they took time off work to see a GP was because they were “constantly feeling stressed or under pressure” and 11% because of “prolonged feelings of sadness.”
  • "At a time when the Government has committed unprecedented funding for mental health, we will be looking at Government plans and what more can be done to tackle this vast – but all too often invisible – problem."

Terms of reference: Mental health of men and boys

More information on the inquiry

Getting Involved

If you are interested in leading or contributing to this consultation please contact [email protected].

The deadline for responses is Friday the 08th of February 2019.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion


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