Mental health


Young Men and Mental Health

Mental health problems and suicide are a growing risk, for young people and men. The Covid pandemic has had an impact on all of us, and we are aware that it has impacted on mental health. 

In 2019 the suicide rate increased by 5%, (Samaritans). A study from Mind showed that more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during the period of lockdown restrictions. Mind found the most common coping strategies were:

Advice for parents or relations:

  • Be there and listen
  • Support 
  • Encourage interest
  • Build positive routines
  • Take what people say seriously

Resources - if you would like to speak to one of our coaches or welfare officer, Fiona Barrett, please do, we will treat what you tell us confidentially and ensure that you get support. Below is a list of organisations who provide support for mental health and suicide prevention.

  • YoungMinds- Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
  • Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Website: