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How the University can support men’s health

There are a number of support services available to you if you are concerned about your physical or mental health.

As it is November you may have noticed media and online coverage of Movember, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness of men’s mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

The University is offering an online interactive workshop - More Talk and Action – on 30 November, 9.30am-12pm. This workshop offers a safe space in which all men can talk about the challenges they face and learn practical tools to improve their health, wellbeing and coping strategies.

It will explore ways to overcome the stigma and shame that often leads men to ignore their mental and physical health until it’s too late.

The University has Mental Health First Aiders who provide you with a safe space to have a confidential conversation about your mental health and can signpost you to the most appropriate support. Mental Health First Aiders can be identified by their green lanyards, or you can access the full list alongside their contact details (log-in required).

The Employee Assistance Programme offers free expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7 via phone, online or on the app.

You can also receive free counselling through the Staff Counselling Service. This service is available to all University employees and gives you the opportunity to talk confidentially to a professionally trained person who is outside your immediate situation.

Further mental health support can also be found with the following external organisations:

If you are aged between 40-74 you are eligible for a free NHS health check which can help to determine if you are at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.

The Movember website also has information on prostate cancer and testicular cancer, including how to detect early signs and what you should do if you have any symptoms.

If you are concerned about the effect of your mental or physical health on your work, contact the University’s Occupational Health Team for further information and signposting.