Mark, EOC section manager

What do you think a positive male role model is, do you have one, and would you consider yourself one? If so, why?

I’m not sure that I have a specifically male, positive role model. I don’t look up to anyone, or see anyone as a role model because they are male and I don’t think anyone should. I certainly wouldn’t consider myself to be a role model although I’m happy if others see me that way – it must mean I’m doing something right! If I had to pick one, I’d go for my dad; a man who left school with no qualifications but made a real success of himself in his life and career through hard work. 

How important is it to you to look after yourself and your wellbeing, and how do you do that? 

It is really important to look after yourself – both physically and mentally. As I’m starting to get a bit older, I’m more conscious of the need to proactively manage my physical health so I go to the gym and play football/golf if and when I can. I’m also more conscious of what I eat and how certain foods affect me physically (I love a Domino’s as much as the next guy, but equally I know that I’ll feel groggy and lethargic the next day). Mentally i’ve never really felt that I needed to do anything specifically to manage my wellbeing, as I tend to find that just taking the time to do things that I enjoy is what helps keep any stress at bay!

What advice can you give to other men who may be struggling?

Speak up – talk to someone. Anyone. I appreciate that it can be difficult opening up and talking to your friends or your partner about how you’re feeling if struggling, but I can guarantee that your friends would rather that you did.

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