Men's health

This section contains information relating to some key issues in men's health. 

Mental health

This short video discusses some of the signs and symptoms of mental health and suicide.

If you have any mental health concerns, there are a number of places you can look for advice. Find more information on our mental health page.

Suicide prevention

If you or someone you know is having, or has had thoughts about taking their own life, it is important you ask someone for help.

Many people who have had suicidal thoughts say they were so overwhelmed by negative feelings they felt they had no other option. However, with support and treatment they were able to allow the negative feelings to pass.

Getting help

If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to who want to help:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP

For more information visit the NHS Choices website.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men across the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

The prostate is a small gland (about the size of a walnut) in the pelvis found only in men. It is located between the penis and the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The main function of the prostate is to help produce semen.

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms don't usually become apparent until the prostate becomes large enough to effect the urethra. The typical symptoms are:

  • An increased need to urinate
  • Straining while urinating
  • Feeling like your bladder has not fully emptied

It is important to seek medical advice from your GP if you are worried about any of the symptoms listed above.

Read more information about prostate cancer on the NHS Choices website.

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer tends to affect men between 15 - 49 years of age. The testicles form part of the male reproductive system producing sperm and the hormone testosterone.

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms of testicular cancer are:

  • A painless lump or swelling in one of the testicles
  • A dull ache in the scrotum
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

It is important to be aware of what feels normal for you. If you notice any changes, contact your GP immediately.

Read more about testicular cancer here.