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Mental health and men: A herbalist’s perspective

Written by Jonny Woodall

Herbalist Jonny Woodall discusses how herbal medicine can support resilience, healing and transformation.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” – Henry David Thoreau

Men in the developed western world are struggling. Spiralling rates of depression, suicide and poor mental health increase year on year in most western countries. The statistics paint a woeful picture (1):

  • Nearly 75% of adults who are reported missing are men
  • 87% of rough sleepers are men
  • Three times as many men as women die by suicide
  • Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women
  • The vast majority of the prison population are men
  • Men are more likely to be detained under the mental health act
  • Men are three times more likely to be drug and alcohol dependent than women
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for adult men under the age of 50
  • Approximately 75% of the 6,000 recorded suicides in the UK in 2017 were male

After a period of intense, complicated and chronic illness in my early 20’s it was herbal medicine and holistic therapies that saved my life. I went back to university to study to become a medical herbalist, graduating with a first in 2017. I have since gone into clinical practice. My commitment is to facilitate change by helping my patients bridge the connection between their body, mind, lifestyle and behaviours. Herbs are a fantastic tool for helping us transcend states of ill-health and step into power, balance and transformation.

Jonny Woodall

After a period of intense, complicated and chronic illness in my early 20’s it was herbal medicine and holistic therapies that saved my life. I went back to university to study to become a medical herbalist, graduating with a first in 2017. I have since gone into clinical practice. My commitment is to facilitate change by helping my patients bridge the connection between their body, mind, lifestyle and behaviours. Herbs are a fantastic tool for helping us transcend states of ill-health and step into power, balance and transformation.

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