Men’s Health Week 2015: Jack Green hurdling depression

Men are usually the first to complain if they’ve been struck down with the dreaded man flu, but when it comes to more serious health problems, they're often reluctant to speak up and ask for help.

Men’s Health Week, taking place from 15th-21st June, highlights the importance of looking after your health and fitness. But although physical health is important, mental wellbeing is an integral part of the package that often gets overlooked. The single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 to 45 in the UK is suicide, yet mental health is still a massive taboo and many men continue to suffer in silence.

One man who has been brave enough to step forward and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health is GB hurdler Jack Green. A British 400m hurdler, Green competed at the London 2012 Olympics. By the age of 20, he had represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships, been crowned European U23 Champion and finished the 2012 season ranking 11th in the world. But then at 21 years old, Green was diagnosed with depression and had to take an 18-month break from track and field competitions. Now aged 23, Green has returned to his position as a world-class hurdler and boldly stepped forward to speak about his depression in this TED talk.

If you or a man you know is struggling with their mental health, seek help today. Click here for details on NHS health service providers and check out the Men's Health Forum here.