Irish Independent |  Ailin Quinlan

This week, our reporter talks to mens’ health expert Dr Noel Richardson, who shares his top tips for male mental and physical wellbeing.

1 IT’S OK FOR MENT NOT TO FEEL OK

Men don’t like to admit to themselves or to anyone else that there may be something wrong, says Dr Noel Richardson. “There is a perception that feeling upset or down is a weakness of some kind,” he says, adding that it also jars with the ‘idealised’ or traditional stereotype of a male being in control.

It takes courage and a different kind of strength, he points out, to be vulnerable and to accept that “It’s OK not to feel OK”.

2 ASK FOR HELP

Many of the messages that we pick up as boys tell us that ‘real men’ sort out their own problems, says Dr Richardson, who explains that research has shown that men are less likely to consult a GP than women. “Thirty years ago there was a narrower view of what masculinity was about but very high-profile men like Bressie, Brent Pope and David Beckham have all talked about issues that 20 or 30 years ago would never have been aired.” Asking for help in tough times is a sign of strength, he adds.

3 ACCEPT YOURSELF

Don’t compare yourself to some ideal notion of the perfect male. “We all have a mix of strengths and weaknesses and that’s part of the make-up of all men

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