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Whether it's because of male ‘pride’, the fear of what we might be told or just plain embarrassment, it's well known that men are renowned for avoiding the doctor.

Just a quick show of hands in the office confirms that men are, on the whole, less likely to make a trip to the GP than their female friends and family.

Between the 9 -15 June men’s health is on the agenda with the focus this year on health, work, stress and unemployment with the Men’s Health Forum leading the campaign.

Statistics show that those of us who are lucky to be employed spend well over 100,000 hours of our lives at work, so it's worth taking a look to see how we could all be affected.

With the focus of the campaign being on mental health this year, we need to ask ourselves if we are feeling ‘stressed’ at work and what we can do to combat this. Symptoms of stress include headaches, disturbed sleep and panic attacks all of which can bring about feelings of frustration, anger and a whole range of negative feelings that could lead to depression.

It’s really important that people take notice of how they’re feeling and seek advice if there are any changes in their mood or behaviour. If you think that you may be stressed you can ‘Check Your Mood’ on the NHS website to help you to understand a little more about the way that you’re feeling.

Depression can affect anybody - Michael was a successful businessman before struggling with his mental health. After receiving help and support, he is now feeling a lot stronger and explains that men have to realise that it's ‘OK to ask for help’ (click here to read his story).

It’s not only men in work whose health can be affected. It’s suggested that men who are unemployed are more likely to suffer from health issues including depression which can also lead to relationship issues.

Youth unemployment is seen as a particular problem with a study from the Prince’s Trust showing that one in three long-term unemployed young people have considered suicide. With over 750,000 young people who are out of work believing that they have nothing to live for.

With this is mind could more be done to help young people into work? Michelle Beardshaw, head of HR at Bromford thinks so and that is why she is excited about the new apprenticeship schemes that are currently on offer for customers in various roles within Bromford. With a strong record in offering opportunities via apprenticeships it is hoped that these openings offer a brighter future for young people looking for employment.

Hopefully, during Men’s Health Week, we can all become a little more aware of how we’re feeling and take the steps needed to ensure that we stay as healthy as possible – whether we’re working or not.

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