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What are the most common mental health issues in men?

What are the most common mental health issues in men?

Whilst there are various mental health issues affecting men in the UK, some are more prevalent than others.



  • In the UK, 1 in 8 men experience depression at some point in their lives.
  • According to the Mental Health Foundation, around 4% of men suffer from depression compared to 8% of women.

This can manifest differently in men compared to women. Men may exhibit symptoms such as irritability, anger, and loss of interest in work or hobbies, rather than overt sadness.


Anxiety Disorders

  • In the UK, Anxiety disorders affect approximately 6% of men.
  • Men are less likely than women to seek professional help for anxiety-related issues.

Generalised anxiety, panic disorders or social anxiety can significantly impact men.


Substance Abuse

  • Men are more likely than women to have drug or alcohol-related issues.
  • In the UK, around two thirds of people in treatment for drug use are men.
  • 67% of adults who drank at increasing or higher risk levels in the UK (2020) were men.

Men often turn to substances as a way to cope with stress or emotional turmoil, contributing to a higher prevalence of substance abuse disorders.


Eating Disorders

  • 1 in 10 suffers are male.
  • The number of men hospitalised due to an eating disorder has risen over the years.

Although less common in men than women, body image issues and eating disorders are not exclusive to women. Men also face societal pressure to ‘attain certain physical standards’.

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