Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust marked International Men’s Day this year using the occasion to:

  • Highlight some of the mental health inequalities that men and boys experience
  • Promotion the theme of international men’s day
  • Highlight the help available to men take care of their mental and emotional well-being.

Sussex Partnership provides NHS mental health services in Sussex, Brighton and Hove and across the south east.  The Trust has set up men’s groups to give men the opportunity to explore their health issues, and gain support from others.

Kate Bones, Director of Occupational Therapy at Sussex Partnership, said, “People do not realise that men tend to be less healthy in terms of their mental wellbeing than women. We need to make sure they have access to information to help lead healthy lives.”

One of the ways men can help themselves, says the trust, is by using the Recovery ROCK – an on-line resource and directory of community groups including many which support men specifically.

ROCK is an interactive hub of information which people can search. It puts people in control and gives them the information they need to plan their lives and how they want to maintain their health.

ROCK – it stands for Recovery Oriented Community Kit – was conceived, designed and developed entirely within Sussex Partnership. It includes:

  • A directory of social inclusion and recovery services
  • A toolkit to help people set personal goals and, using the directory, plan activities to help them maintain their wellbeing
  • The ability to change and add entries to keep the resource right up to date
  • Direct links to the Trust’s online recovery pages and tools.

To see the list of the Trust’s list of men’s mental health inequalities click here.

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