June 12, 2013

Men's health forum: malehealth.co.ukMental health problems can affect anyone but stigma and discrimination can stop people opening up about their experiences and seeking help.

However, talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all.

It's Men's Health Week and this year's theme is this week so we asked our supporters on Facebook and Twitter: What reasons do you think might make it hard for men, in particular, to open up about mental health problems?

You can read the debate on our Facebook page and we've collected some of the responses from Twitter below:

What do you think about the issues raised in this blog?

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Or sign our pledge wall to show your support and find out how talking tackles mental health discrimination.

How to help someone with mental health problems

If someone you know is experiencing mental health problems or needs urgent support, there are lots of services that you can go to for help.

You can also find out more about:

Share your story

Too many people are made to feel ashamed. By sharing your story, you can help spread knowledge and perspective about mental illness that could change the way people think about it.