Mental Health Month

In England, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem.1 However, men may be reluctant to seek support for their mental health or disclose mental health problems to loved ones. 2

While many of the same difficulties are experienced by both men and women, some difficulties and influences on mental health may be especially relevant for men.

Societal Expectations and Traditional Gender Roles

Societal Expectations, that is, the ways in which men and women have been traditionally expected to behave may play a role in mental health. For men, societal expectations about how men “should” behave and what masculinity is includes the expectation that men be the breadwinners of their family, and that they display what have traditionally been perceived as masculine traits like strength, stoicism, dominance, and control.
While wanting to feel, and feeling, strong and in control are not inherently negative things, some research suggests that a reliance on these traditional ideals as what it means to be “a man” may negatively impact men’s mental health 3, 4, 5 The research on this suggests that behaving in a way that conforms to these expectations, specifically expectations of self-reliance, and power over others is associated with increased distress and poorer mental health4.  Some research also suggests that men who feel as though they are unable speak openly about emotions may be less able to recognise symptoms of mental health problems in themselves, and less likely to reach out for support 3.


In England, men have been found to be less likely to access psychological therapies than women, with males making up only 36% of referrals to Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) .​6 Men may also be less likely to disclose their mental health issues to family members or friends2, and more likely to use potentially harmful coping methods such as drugs or alcohol in response to distress5. However, there is research to suggest that men will seek and access help when they feel that the help being offered meets their preferences, and is easily accessed, meaningful, and engaging3.

Crime and imprisonment

Men make up the vast majority of the prison population​7 and with high rates of mental health problems and increasing rates of self-harm observed in prisons​ 8,9,, men in the prison system are a group in need of increasing support for their mental health.


In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain, of these 75% were males10. Suicide represents the largest cause of death for men under 5011. Higher rates of suicide are also found in minority communities including gay men, war veterans, men from BAME backgrounds, and those with low incomes.12 One group that may be particularly vulnerable to death by suicide are middle-aged men from lower socio-economic backgrounds.This may be due to the interaction of a range of complexfactors that include: socioeconomic hardship, unemployment and underemployment, relationship breakdown, and lack of social support, all of which are common risk factors for suicide5,​13. Further insights about risk factors for this group can be found on the Samaritan’s website.

Organisations that can help

If you need support, or want to learn more about men’s mental health, the below organisations are sources of further information and advice.

A Welcome From the Admissions

A Welcome from the Admissions

We know that admissions processes can sometimes be confusing. At Al Jamiatul Islamiyah, we aim to make things as clear and straightforward as possible. We’ll be honest: the process is competitive. Al Jamiatul Islamiyah is a popular place, and we think that in these pages and when you visit us you’ll see exactly why that is. But you don’t need insider knowledge or a magic formula to get into Al Jamiatul Islamiyah. It’s all about finding the right fit for your son, about whether he would enjoy Al Jamiatul Islamiyah and get the most out of it. We work hard to make sure that the admissions process isn’t intimidating. In fact, we hope you might even enjoy it! Find out more about Al Jamiatul Islamiyah by coming to see us. Please do get in touch if you want to ask us anything at all. No question is too big or too small! We would be delighted to hear from you and welcome you into our community. If you would like to register an application for your son, you can visit our Application Form page Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team if you have any questions at all:

The Admissions Process

The Admissions Process
  • Admissions of new students includes the completion of an Application Form and supporting documents . This is needed to verify age, identity and previous academic progress.
  • After completing the Application Form and supporting documents. an interview will take place for the new students.
  • Only after the interview, Al Jamiatul Islamiyah will confirm by writing whether your son has been given a place.
  • Al Jamiatul Islamiyah has places available and encourages all parents to apply as soon as possible to confirm a place at our institute, we aim to contact all applicants as soon as possible and ensure a smooth admission process for all parents.
  • Apply via our online form in the below section
  • The successful applicants will enter on a 1 year trial.


  The fees schedule is explained in the table below:
       INSTALMENT                        DATE               AMOUNT
1             12th September 2022           £1500.00
2             9th January 2023           £1500.00
         INSTALMENT                         DATE             AMOUNT
                    1          12th September 2022             £1000.00
                    2           9th January 2023              £700.00

Apply Online

Please choose from the following forms to register your son for a place at Al Jamiatul Islamiyah.

If you are unsure which form to use or have any other questions, then please do not hesitate to contact our team at or on 01204 62622

Return the application form with the supporting documents to Bolton Darul Uloom, Willows Lane, Bolton, BL3 4HF